Kent Thompson is in his fourth season as Catholic University's
Head Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Coach. He came
to CUA from nearby American University, where he had served as the
Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach for 10 years.
During his first season with the Cardinals, Thompson guided the cross country team to a first place finish at the season-opening Albright College Invitational, led by Mike Puskar's second place showing. The Cardinals' top finisher at the Landmark Conference championship was then-freshman Dylan Jones, showing great promise for the future of the program.
Track season saw Shawn Brubaker earn All-Conference accolades at the indoor championship with a second place finish in the weight throw, while three relay teams earned fourth place finishes to add to CUA's point total. Two more Cardinals, Joe Quigley and Pete Schramm, received All-Conference honors at the outdoor championships, and 10 student-athletes posted top-ten finishes overall. Quigley also qualified for the ECAC outdoor championship, which took place in Albany, N.Y.
In the classroom, 15 of Thompson's student-athletes were named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, and two received All-Academic Team laurels.
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.
In addition to his coaching duties, Thompson has served as a Special Education Teacher and is currently a Case Manager with Bridge Services at Winston Churchill High School where he works with 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.