Get to Know: John Thompson

Sports Reporter

AG: What made you want to become a coach?

JT: My dad was a coach. I grew up just seeing it, living it. He coached everything—basketball, football, baseball and track. I knew I wanted to be from three or four years old.

AG: What would you be doing right now if you weren’t coaching football?

JT: That’s a good question. I’d be going crazy. I was an athletic director for one year at UCA (University of Central Arkansas), and I loved it, but I just love being around the players. Coaching is something you live. It’s a 24-hour, 365-day job.

AG: What is the biggest accomplishment you’ve had so far as a coach?

JT: If I’ve made someone a better person, better father and husband, that’s by far the best and most rewarding thing I can do.

AG: Being a football coach, what do you define as success for your student athletes?

JT: Learn how to be a better man. There’s not a lot of things that are fair. There’s nothing that is going to be given to you in life. You got to fight and compete for everything. It’s only going to be harder.

AG: What is one thing not very many people know about you?  

JT: No, I don’t have any special talents. I love music. I have always been kind of like a Texas country-western type.

AG: What is your favorite part of practice?

JT: You know, the favorite part of practice is getting lot done, getting as much done as you can and being efficient. You know, we are out here for two hours. Make every minute count. Don’t just have people sitting around.

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