Nick Thompson joins the Ephs coaching staff in 2018 as he makes his return to the college soccer sidelines after his most recent professional playing stint with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Thompson brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to the Purple Valley. His coaching resume includes assistant coaching stints at Gordon College, Navy, NC State, and California Baptist, and one season as head coach of Eastern Nazarene College. Thompson has also been involved with top level camps and club programs throughout his coaching career.
Thompson attended Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania graduating in 2011 with a B.A. in Sport Management. From 2007 to 2010, Thompson made 99 career appearances for the Falcons, notching 54 goals and 18 assists, while winning three NCAA Division III national titles.
"We are very excited to name Nick Thompson to our coaching staff following a highly competitive national search," said Eph head coach Erin Sullivan. “Nick possesses a tremendous pedigree as a player and a coach and brings a wealth of experience in his recruiting network, coaching acumen, and postseason success to Cole field. He has played for and coached alongside some of the top coaches in the college game and his enthusiasm, experience and passion for coaching and teaching are readily apparent. We’re very excited to welcome Nick to the Ephs coaching staff and the Williams Soccer family.”
During his senior season at Messiah, Thompson earned First Team All-Commonwealth Conference, First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region, Second Team All-American, First Team D3Soccer.com All-American, and Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year honors.
Upon graduating from Messiah, Thompson began his professional playing career with the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League. He continued his professional career most recently playing two seasons with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Thompson is the oldest of four brothers to attend and play soccer at Messiah. Prior to his highly decorated career at Messiah, Thompson was a 2006 NSCAA All-Region and All-American selection out of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Thompson began his duties in August 2018 and will serve as the Ephs recruiting coordinator while overseeing a wide range of responsibilities for the Williams Men’s Soccer program.