Head Coach Brock Thompson
Brock Thompson was named head coach of the South Dakota State women's soccer program on Jan. 31, 2017 after a nine-year stint as an assistant with the Jackrabbits and enters his second season at the helm in 2018.
In his first season as head coach of SDSU, the Jackrabbits claimed the league’s regular season crown with a perfect 7-0 league record and an 11-5-3 overall mark. Thompson was named the Summit League’s Coach of the Year and was responsible for coaching the league’s Defensive Player of the Year (Annie Williams), Goalkeeper of the Year (Maggie Smither) and seven All-Summit League selections, including first team picks Williams, Smither, Nicole Hatcher, Tori Poole and Leah Manuleleua.
He has been on board for all of SDSU’s Summit League titles, claiming four tournament titles (2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and six regular season crowns (2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017). He has been influential in helping the Jacks reach 10 or more wins in nine of the last 10 seasons.
Thompson has seven years of head coaching experience and holds a 77-53-13 career mark. He spent three seasons as the head coach at Mary (2001-03) and three at North Dakota (2005-07).
As an assistant with the Jacks, Thompson was part of a program that compiled a 98-56-23 record dating back to the 2008 season when the team when a school-best 15-5-1. Thompson was responsible for working with the backline and goalkeepers on a daily basis while assisting in team training, individual player development and game day coaching. Off the pitch, he handled team operations and recruiting, along with developing a team academic program that produced 16 consecutive semesters of a plus-3.2 team GPA.
He led Mary to the NAIA Region III championship in 2002 and 2003, each time earning the Marauders a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. As well, Thompson captured the 2002 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Midwest Senior College Coach of the Year Award while at Mary.
Thompson left his alma mater in 2004 to become an assistant coach at Indiana State, where he earned a master’s degree in sport management in 2006.
At North Dakota, Thompson was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year after leading his squad to a 12-5-1 record and a berth in the 2005 NCAA Division II Tournament. He stepped down from his coaching post after the 2007 season to become UND’s director of compliance for one year.
A native of Blair, Nebraska, Thompson was a three-time most valuable player for the Mary men's soccer team and earned honorable mention All-America accolades as a senior. He was later inducted into the Mary Hall of Fame. After graduation in 2000 and earning his Bachelor of Science in Biology education, he became an assistant men's soccer coach and served in that position until he was named the women's soccer head coach in 2001.
Thompson also has extensive coaching experience at the club and high school level. He won three state titles as the head girls' soccer coach at Century High School in Bismarck, North Dakota from 2000-04 and was the director of coaching for North Dakota Youth Soccer from 2002-04. He served as a regional staff coach for the Region II Olympic Development Program from 2003-05 and 2009-12.
He is active in the local soccer community serving in various roles and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors for the Northeast South Dakota chapter.
He also holds as a United States Soccer Federation 'B' license and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma.