DePaul University Head Coach Gordon Thomson has been named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 10-12 in Moscow, Russia.
INDIANAPOLIS – DePaul University Head Coach Gordon Thomson has been named to the Team USA coaching staff for the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 10-12 in Moscow, Russia. Thomson will serve as an assistant coach on Team USA’s men’s staff in Moscow.
In just five years at DePaul University, Thomson has taken the DePaul track and field and cross country programs to unprecedented heights in his tenure as the head coach. The head coach at Loyola/Chicago for 16 years, Over his career, Thomson has tutored 10 All-Americans, seven Midwestern Collegiate Conference cross country champions and 16 Conference USA individual champions. Additionally, the 10-time MCC Coach of the Year has led Nike North to a pair of National Cross Country Championships.
An All-State high school runner in Newark, Del., Thomson ran as a collegiate at the University of Florida where he was a letter-winner in track, competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Following his college career, he joined the Gators staff as an assistant coach in women’s cross country and track. At Florida, he coached an NCAA record-holder in the 10,000 meters. In 1983, Thomson was an assistant coach at Northwestern before assuming the head coaching duties at Loyola in 1984.
Thomson has also directed Nike North, a national club team for post-collegiate runners, to a pair of national cross country championships. He was also the President of the United States Cross Country Coaches Association and served as the Olympic Development Chairman for the 3,000-meter steeplechase from 1998-2000.
As part of USA Track and Field he has taken emerging elite athletes on two tours of Europe to provide experience in the European Circuit and he administered the nation’s top 15 steeple chase athletes in a camp to prepare for the 2000 Olympics.
This past summer, Thomson traveled to Italy for the 10th IAAF World Junior Championships. He served as a men’s assistant coach for the international meet and worked with America’s top young distance runners. It marked his first coaching assignment with USA Track and Field.
For more information on the 2006 World Indoor Championships, visit www.usatf.org.