WATERVILLE, Maine --- Jon Thompson, who played and coached at Brown University, has been named as the new head coach of the Colby College men's lacrosse program.
Thompson, a 2003 graduate of Brown, was the first assistant coach for the 2008 Ivy League champion Bears. He grew up in Freeport, Maine, and was a three-sport athlete in lacrosse, soccer, and ice hockey at North Yarmouth Academy. Thompson takes over as Colby's head coach from Rob Quinn, who is the new athletic director at Berwick Academy.
"I just sent my first e-mail to the (Colby) players and I'm anxious to hear back from them," Thompson said. "I want to sink my teeth into the Colby mission, the Colby ideals. I want to know from the players what makes this place so special. You can only get so much from reading on-line and from a book. It should be interesting to hear what they say."
Thompson and second-year Brown head coach Lars Tiffany helped the Bears to an 18-10 record over the past two seasons. The Bears went 11-3 this past season, took a 6-5 win over Princeton University in the Ivy League title game, and finished 13th in the final NCAA Division I poll.
"Jon is a bright, intelligent, well-rounded, and energetic young coach with unlimited potential," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Director of Athletics. "His knowledge, passion, and competitive spirit came through loud and clear during the search process. The future of our men's lacrosse program is in great hands."
Thompson was the offensive coordinator for Brown the last two years and helped the Bears lead the Ivy League in shooting percentage. Brown was first in the league in extra-man offense in 2007. He hopes to bring that type of efficiency to Colby.
"One of the philosophies we had at Brown that I want to see us have at Colby is that we earn everything and expect nothing," Thompson said. "I want to create a culture that things are earned, not given to you. It's that type of mental attitude and focus that wins the one-goal games."
Brown had its share of tight games in 2008 with a plus-six scoring margin over Ivy League opponents, but the Bears went 5-1 in the conference games.
Thompson was a two-year captain (2002, 2003) and three-time Offensive MVP (2001, 2002, 2003) of the Bears during his playing days. He finished his career with 94 goals and 43 assists for 137 points and was a two-time All-Ivy League and All-New England selection. Thompson earned honorable mention All-American honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) in 2003 and was a USILA Academic All-American.
Thompson was a volunteer assistant coach for Brown in 2004 before moving to Springfield College in 2005 as the Pride's offensive coordinator. He came back to Brown in 2006 and was named the first assistant coach in 2007 when Tiffany took over as head coach.
Colby went 6-8 last year after starting the season at 5-0. Thompson is well aware of the quality lacrosse played in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
"Growing up in New England you can't help but appreciate what the NESCAC is academically and athletically," Thompson said. "They are the best men's lacrosse conference in Division III, no question. They also are the best in combining academics and athletics. The level of coaching in the NESCAC is outstanding. I'm looking forward to earning my stripes and try to prove that I belong in this league."
Thompson and his wife, Susanna, will move to Maine and he will start his duties at Colby on August 1. Thompson also will be the assistant men's soccer coach for Colby.