March 15, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army head coach Rich Ellerson has announced that Luke Thompson has joined the Army football coaching staff. Thompson will work with the Black Knights' fullbacks and special teams, and begins his duties immediately.
Thompson spent the previous six seasons at Georgetown as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. During his tenure, he guided the Hoyas' special teams to six top 20 finishes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistical rankings, including two top-five performances. In 2011, the Hoyas' kickoff return unit ranked 13th in the nation with a 23.63 yards-per-return average, while the punt return team was 15th in the country at 12.44 yards per return. Thompson mentored Jeremy Moore to first-team All-Patriot League honors as a return specialist and kicker Brett Weiss to second-team all-conference accolades. Weiss tied for eighth in the nation with 1.45 field goals per game in 2011. Defensively, Thompson was the position coach for the Hoyas' all-time leading tackler Nick Parrish.
Prior to his arrival at Georgetown, Thompson was the outside linebackers coach at Harvard. He helped the Crimson to a 10-0 record and the Ivy League championship in 2004. Harvard limited its final six opponents to 14 points or less, including two shutouts. The team gave up only one touchdown in the last three games of the season.
Thompson was an assistant coach at Amherst College in 2002 and 2003. His duties with the Lord Jeffs included coaching the inside linebackers and coordinating the team's video operations. Thompson began his coaching career in 1998 as the offensive line and tight ends coach at Bowdoin College. He moved on to Holy Cross where he spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Holy Cross.
Thompson earned two letters in football at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., where he graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs and economics. He and his wife, Kristin, have two children.
The Black Knights recently completed spring drills and open their 2012 season on Sept. 8 at San Diego State. Army plays the first of its seven home games on Sept. 15 versus Northern Illinois. Single-game tickets go on sale March 21 at 10 a.m.