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Ocean City Nor'Easters Head Coach John Thompson

jthompson@oceancityfc.com

The Ocean City Nor’easters are proud to announce one of its all-time greatest players is returning as the club’s new head coach.

John Thompson, the 2004 Premier Development League (PDL) Defender of the Year and a two-time All-PDL selection, has been named the seventh head coach in club history.

"I am looking forward to the work involved in putting out winning PDL teams year after year, which has been the norm for the Ocean City franchise in the past 20 years," said Thompson. "I had some memorable times as a player in the PDL, so to return to the league as a head coach is an exciting prospect for me."

Before joining the club in 2002, Thompson, a native of Penrith, England, played his college ball at Lewis University (NCAA Division II) where he became just the 40th player in NCAA history to be named a First-Team All-American three times. After college, he played for the Ocean City Nor’easters from 2002-06 and was a part of the club’s final year as a professional franchise in the D-3 Pro League (2002).

When the club, then known as the South Jersey Barons, transitioned to the PDL the following year, Thompson stayed and helped lay the defensive foundation that led the club to four successful campaigns, including a rare undefeated regular season in 2004 (14-0-4). He was named to the All-PDL team in 2004 and 2005 and remains the only player in club history be named the PDL Defender of the Year (2004). In the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, he helped the team shut out the Long Island Rough Riders (then a professional team), 4-0 in 2005. After hanging up his boots to focus on coaching after the 2006 season, Thompson was an assistant coach with the PDL team and a youth coach from 2007-09. During that time, the club upset three more professional teams and lost a narrow game to D.C. United (MLS) in 2009. Ocean City also reached the PDL playoffs twice (2007, 2009) and reached the national quarterfinals in 2009.

"I've so many great memories playing for the franchise," recalled Thompson. "We got locked out of the dressing room in Richmond and went on to lose 8-4 in the craziest US Open Cup game ever [in 2005], knocking four pro teams out of the US Open Cup, and those hard fought games against Reading & Cape Cod, I've played with and against some top lads, and it's been great to see so many of them go on to have professional careers. Ocean City played some very good attacking football in my time and we want more of the same this season."

College Career - Lewis University (IL)
1999 
NSCAA DII All-American 1st Team, 
NSCAA DII Regional All-American 1st Team, 
Great Lakes Valley Conference 1st Team,
2000
NSCAA DII All-American 1st Team
NSCAA DII Regional All-American 1st Team
Great Lakes Valley Conference 1st Team
NCAA Final Four
2001
NSCAA DII All-American 1st Team
NSCAA DII Regional All-American 1st Team
Great Lakes Valley Conference 1st Team
GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the year
Regular season ranked #1 team in the nation (21-0-1 record) 
1998-2001
70 Games played, 21 Goals, 9 Assists. 
Hall Of Fame
John’s outstanding contribution to the Lewis soccer program was honored by the University when he was inducted into the Lewis University Athletics Hall of Fame.

PDL Playing Career
In 2002, he joined the South Jersey Barons in what was to be their last season in the professional ranks. He has played in over 80 games during his five years with the club.

2004
All-Conference First Team.
All-PDL First Team with the likes of Brad Guzan, Eric Vasques, & David Bulow.
PDL Defender of the Year.
2005
All-Conference First Team.
All-PDL First Team.

Club Coaching
SJEB Rush Techcnial Director - 2002 - Present.
John spent five years as a Super Y-League Mid-Atlantic Regional ODP staff member
Assists with the EDP Pathway to college program.
EDP PDP Program Staff Coach.
EDP College Camp Staff Coach.
He holds a USSF license and a the F.A. Preliminary Badge.

 

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