August 31, 2011

CUA names Kent Thompson Head Track and Field/XC Coach

WASHINGTON – Kent Thompson has been named Catholic University's Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, it was recently announced.  Thompson comes to CUA from nearby American University, where he has served as the Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach for 10 years.

"I'm very excited to get to work with the guys on the team," Thompson said.  "I know they have a lot of potential; I was able to visit with them earlier and they are a great group of young men that have a strong desire to succeed."

He continued, "It's an exciting time to be the head coach at CUA.  I learned a lot during my time at American working under Matt Centrowitz and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do as a group here at Catholic University."

During Thompson's time at American, the Eagles coaching staff earned Patriot League cross country coaching staff of the year honors in 2002 and 2003 and the team won back-to-back league titles in those same seasons.

Thompson helped guide numerous student-athletes to league championships as well as all-american, all-region and all-league recognition.  In the classroom, a number of student-athletes received academic honors, including the league Scholar Athlete of the Year, academic honor roll distinction and academic all-district laurels.

Among his many duties at American, Thompson helped develop and supervise the training programs for the cross country and track teams, and he assisted with scheduling, recruiting and academic monitoring.

Centrowitz is the Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at American University.  He's worked very closely with Thompson during the last decade.  "I actually started out as Kent's coach," Centrowitz said.  "Then I became an associate of his and through the years we've just become very good friends."

Centrowitz continued, "Kent is a dear part of the Centrowitz and American University family; he's served as a guiding force for my children and we're definitely going to miss him.  Kent has a set of special skills that will be difficult to replace.  He's passionate about fitness and running and he'll bring that type of lifestyle over to Catholic University and inspire the student-athletes to achieve great things."

In addition to his coaching duties, Thompson has served as a Special Education Teacher and is currently a Case Manager, Bridge Services at Winston Churchill High School where he works with colleagues and parents to provide direct instruction and instructional support to students with autism spectrum disorders and emotional disabilities.

Thompson earned his bachelor's degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was a four-year member of the school's cross country and track programs, and earned all-NESCAC and all-New England honors.

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