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John Thompson

Academy Director - jthompson@sjebrush.org

John is a native of Penrith, England, he joined the Barons in May 2002 and has been heavily involved in the communtiy since his arrival in New Jersey. He joined the Barons after graduating from Lewis University (IL) where he received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems.

John began his senior playing career with his local semi-professional team, Penrith, at the age of 16. He moved on to play for Queen of the South and Gretna before returning to Penrith.

Coaching Career
John began coaching at the Age of 16 for Penrith FC, he gained his FA Prelim badge at the age of 17 from Newcastle United, straight away he started the First Touch Soccer Coaching company and also worked for Coercer Coaching and ran training programs and camps in Cumbria.

In college John spent time with Campton Utd (St Charles, IL) and spent summers coaching the Lewis University Summer Camps.

John has been coaching in South Jersey since 2002 with the South Jersey Elite Barons and he was the assistant coach of the Ocean City Barons PDL team in 2006 & 2007 and in 2017 he took the Head Coaching position for the Ocean City Nor'Easters PDL team and took them to a 12-4-1 record in his first season and took Professional outfit Harrisburg City Islanders (now Penn FC) to penalties, loosing 6-5 in the US Open Cup first round.  John is also acts as a scout for the USL PDL identifying players for their top prospects list. 

In the past two years, Kylie Daigle & Faith Slimmer both of whom he coached from U7-U13 were called up to the USYNT U14 and U15 Natonal Teams. Nine other players are currently in the New Jersey National Training Center.

John has been implemented many innovative programs with SJEB, such as Summer Select, Development Team, First Touch, Skills Classes and Junior Academy and in each case was the first club in South Jersey to do so.

John has coached the following SJEB teams into the NJ Top 5 rankings.

86/87 Boys 90/91 Girls
87/88 Boys 92/93 Girls
88/89 Boys 93/94 Girls
90/91 Boys 01/02 Girls
93/94 Boys 02/03 Girls
95/96 Boys 2007 Girls
96/97 Boys 2008 Girls
  2009 Girls


College Playing Career
In 1998, John accepted a full soccer scholarship from Lewis University Head Coach Evan Fiffles. John had a stellar college career, playing in every game over his four years with the school. He ended his career with the ’Flyers’ as the school’s all-time leader in minutes played.

He is one of only 40 players in the history of NCAA DI, DII & DIII college soccer to garner Three 1st Team-All American honors.

1998
GLVC Conference Champions.
GLVC Regular Seasons Champions.
1999 
NSCAA DII All-American 1st Team.
NSCAA DII Regional All-American 1st Team. 
All-Great Lakes Valley 1st Team.
GLVC Regular Seasons Champions.
Team Captain.
2000
NSCAA DII All-American 1st Team.
NSCAA DII Regional All-American 1st Team.
All-Great Lakes Valley 1st Team.
GLVC Conference Champions.

GLVC Regular Seasons Champions.
NCAA Final Four.
Team Captain.
2001
NSCAA DII All-American 1st Team.
NSCAA DII Regional All-American 1st Team.
All-Great Lakes Valley 1st Team.
GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the year.
GLVC Conference Champions.
GLVC Regular Seasons Champions.
Regular season ranked #1 team in the nation (21-0-1 record).
Team Captain.
1998-2001
70 Games played, 21 Goals, 9 Assists as a center back.

2007
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 & Professional Playing Career
In 2002, he joined the South Jersey Barons in what was to be their last season in the professional ranks. He 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.

John spent five years as a Super Y-League Mid-Atlantic Regional ODP staff member. Assists with the EDP Pathway to college program, the EDP PDP Program and the EDP College Camp. He holds a USSF license and the F.A. Preliminary Badge.

Email: jthompson@sjebrush.org