DePaul Track & Field, Cross Country Coach Gordon Thomson Resigns
CHICAGO – DePaul’s track and field and cross country head coach Gordon Thomson has resigned, it was announced today by Blue Demon Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto.
Thomson spent the past six seasons at DePaul and took the Blue Demons track and field and cross country programs to unprecedented heights in his tenure.
In 2002, Erin Moffett became the first DePaul cross country student-athlete to earn All-American honors as she finished 37th in the nation. She also won the Conference USA individual title, making her the first DePaul cross country athlete to claim a conference championship in a decade. In a five year span a DePaul student-athlete claimed the men’s hammer throw title at the C-USA meet. Carey Ryan was a three-time winner followed by Jarrod Jahnke who won the title twice.
In 2001 Ryan become just the second DePaul track and field athlete to earn All-American honors when he finished sixth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor championships. Ryan then concluded his brilliant career by earning All-American honors in the hammer throw (outdoor) and the weight throw (indoor) during the 2002 season.
In the fall of 2001, DePaul had a male (Chris Birchall) and female (Moffett) cross country runner earn All-Region honors in the same year for the first time ever.
Thomson came to the Blue Demons after serving as the head coach for men’s cross country and track and field at Loyola-Chicago for 16 years.