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Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson

Head Coach
Phone: (208) 676-7157
Office: PST-104

Ken Thompson enters his seventh season as head coach for the Cardinals, his 11th overall with North Idaho College. As head coach, Thompson has accumulated a record of 45-33-14 and qualified for the playoffs four of the last five years, including an appearance in the NWAC final in 2014. Since joining the NWAC in 2014, the Cardinals are 22-12-6, the best winning percentage for 2014 and 2015 in the NWAC’s East Division. The men have also been recognized in the NSCAA’s national rankings each of the last two years. Coach Thompson attributes the program’s improvement largely to a greater presence from Idaho’s ranks of youth players.

Thompson began his coaching career as a volunteer with Coeur d’Alene High School and later coached as an assistant at Lake City High School. He coached his first club team in 1998 with the Sting Soccer Club. Thompson has 13 years of experience coaching with Sting and served as the club’s director from 2009 to 2011.

Having grown up in Coeur d’Alene, Thompson is a local and a graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School. In 1993, Thompson was the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year, and went on to play at Seattle Pacific University and Gonzaga University. At Seattle Pacific, Thompson played in the NCAA Division II semifinals in 1994. After transferring to Gonzaga in 1996, Thompson competed for the Bulldogs’ first nationally ranked teams in 1996 and 1997. In the summers, he played in the Premier Development League, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States, where he competed with and against several future professionals.

Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and a juris doctorate from the American University Washington College of Law.

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