Cumberland’s Lonnie Thompson begins his 16th season at Cumberland in 2017-18 and his 20th year as a head coach.
Thompson’s program has enjoyed unprecedented success, with three national tournament appearances – the only appearances in school history as a four-year program. Cumberland made back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Championships in 2008 and 2009, the only teams in program annals to make consecutive appearances in the national tournament.
The Woodbury, Ga., native has posted a 237-220 mark at Cumberland with one TranSouth Conference regular season championship and is 313-263 overall as a head coach. Thompson posted his 200th career head coaching victory on February 19, 2009, against Lambuth University and picked up win No. 300 on February 19, 2015 at St. Catharine College.
Thompson came to CU from Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn., where he led the Bucks to back-to-back TJCCAA Eastern Division Championships. He was named TJCCAA Eastern Division Coach of the Year three times at Motlow State.
In his second season as head coach at Cumberland, Thompson led the Phoenix to the most wins in school history with a 28-6 record. CU won its only TranSouth Conference regular season championship and Thompson was a unanimous selection as Coach of the Year. He also captured his 100th career victory as a head coach during that campaign, which included the school’s first-ever appearance at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., where they reached the Round of 16.
Cumberland posted a 21-12 overall mark in 2007-08 and made its second appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, falling to Oklahoma City in the first round. The 2008-09 squad finished 25-6 overall, reaching the national tournament for the second consecutive season. His 2011-12 team posted a 22-9 mark, just missing out on the national tourney again.
Thompson has a depth of coaching experience at all levels of college basketball, serving as an assistant coach at South Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee State, Creighton and Odessa Junior College, where he coached former NBA All-Star Larry Johnson.
Thompson and his wife, Felicia, have two sons, Destin and Darius, and one daughter, Devin, and the couple resides in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thompson received his bachelor’s from Middle Tennessee in 1986 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach under David Farrar in the mid-90’s.
Thompson's Coaching Career
|2016-17||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||12-15|
|2015-16||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||12-18|
|2014-15||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||9-21|
|2013-14||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||14-13|
|2012-13||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||9-20|
|2011-12||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||22-9|
|2010-11||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||18-12|
|2009-10||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||12-17|
|2008-09||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||25-6||NAIA National Tournament|
|2007-08||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||21-12||NAIA National Tournament|
|2006-07||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||15-15|
|2005-06||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||7-23|
|2004-05||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||18-15|
|2003-04||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||28-6||NAIA National Tournament|
|2002-03||Head Coach||Cumberland Univ.||15-18|
|2001-02||Head Coach||Motlow State CC||25-5|
|2000-01||Head Coach||Motlow State CC||23-9|
|1999-00||Head Coach||Motlow State CC||12-15|
|1998-99||Head Coach||Motlow State CC||14-14|
|1997-98||Assistant Coach||Tennessee State||13-16|
|1995-96||Assistant Coach||Middle Tennessee||15-12|
|1994-95||Assistant Coach||Middle Tennessee||12-15|
|1993-94||Assistant Coach||Creighton Univ.||7-22|
|1992-93||Assistant Coach||Creighton Univ.||8-18|
|1991-92||Assistant Coach||Creighton Univ.||9-19|
|1990-91||Assistant Coach||Odessa JC||23-10|
|1989-90||Assistant Coach||Odessa JC||34-5||NJCAA National Tournament|
|1988-89||Assistant Coach||Odessa JC||33-2|
|1987-88||Assistant Coach||South Alabama||15-14|
|1986-87||Graduate Assistant||West Virginia Wesleyan||20-9|