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Lonnie Thompson
Head Coach
Men's Basketball Coaches
PHONE: (615) 547-1345 EMAIL: lthompson@cumberland.edu
Lonnie Thompson

Cumberland’s Lonnie Thompson begins his 13th season with the Bulldogs and his 17th as a head coach. The Bulldogs posted a 14-13 mark last season with a roster that included 10 newcomers.       

Thompson’s program has enjoyed unprecedented success, with three national tournament appearances – the only appearances in school history. Five years ago the Bulldogs made their second consecutive trip to Kansas City, becoming the first squad from CU with back-to-back national tournament appearances.

The Woodbury, Ga., native has posted a 204-166 mark at Cumberland with one TranSouth Conference regular season championship and is 280-209 overall as a head coach. Thompson posted his 200th career head coaching victory on February 19, 2009, against Lambuth University in just his 11th year as a head coach.

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 and was the unanimous selection for 2004 TranSouth Coach of the Year in just his second season in the conference.

That season, he led the Bulldogs to the most wins in school history with a 28-6 record. The 2004 season also saw Thompson capture his 100th career victory as a head coach en route to leading the Bulldogs to the first TranSouth Conference Championship in school history. The program also made the school’s first-ever appearance at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., where they were defeated in 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.

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.

Lonnie and his wife, Felicia, have two sons, Destin and Darius, and one daughter, Devin, and the family 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

Year Position School Record Postseason
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  
Men's Basketball Coaches
Lindal Yarbrough
Assistant Coach
Nicole Gardner
Graduate Assistant