Thunderbird Soccer Gets New Head Coach

December 09, 2016
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University Athletics and director of athletics Jason Butikofer are proud to announce the hiring of Fred Thompson as the next head coach of the women’s soccer team.

“Fred will be a great addition to the SUU Athletics family. His character and expertise will provide a great platform for moving our student-athletes to their potential,” Butikofer said. “I could not be more excited about elevating this program to a Big Sky Championship caliber under Fred's leadership.”

Thompson comes to Southern Utah from the state of Washington where he served most recently as the director of coaching for the Thurston County United Soccer Club and as a scout for the Youth National Team in the northwest region of the United States.

Prior to Washington, Thompson spent a year coaching the Downtown Soccer Club in Las Vegas before serving at the helm of the Arsenal Soccer Club in Arizona from 2014-15.

Thompson was an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Army West Point from 2009-2011 and interim head coach for the 2012 season. During his tenure at West Point the team had a combined record of 41-28-11, making the NCAA tournament in 2011 for just the second time in program history.

Before joining the staff at West Point, Thompson was the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Bowling Green State University from 2004-2008 and an assistant coach at the University of Evansville from 2002-2004. Thompson started his collegiate coaching at Bellevue Community College where he served as head coach of the men’s team and assistant coach of the women’s team from 2000-2002.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Thompson was a four-year starter for George Mason University where he earned All-South Atlantic Region, All-ECAC South, All-Colonial Athletic Association, All-Capital Collegiate Conference, and All-Virginia Intercollegiate League honors throughout his playing career. For three of his four years as a player, George Mason was ranked as a Top 20 team in the nation. He was recently named as a member of the All-Time Colonial Athletic Association Team for men’s soccer.

After graduating from George Mason with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Thompson played for the Jamaican National Team and several professional teams including the Baltimore Blast and Tacoma Stars from the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Sacramento Knights of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.

Throughout his playing and collegiate coaching careers, Thompson has always been involved in youth soccer, coaching club teams in Washington, Las Vegas, and Arizona. Thompson currently holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and a Sports Life Coach Certification.

Thompson will be moving to Cedar City with his wife, Jill.

“My wife and I are thankful for the privilege of becoming the newest members of the SUU family. We are so grateful to athletic director Jason Butikofer and President Scott Wyatt for choosing me to lead the women’s soccer program,” Thompson said. “SUU is a special place and Thunderbird athletics has a bright future. I’m excited to become a part of the SUU and Cedar City communities.”

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