FOUNDER, HEAD COACH OF THE VIPERS
WITH HIS MASTERS IN SOCIAL WORK FROM HOWARD, MR. THOMPSON WORKS AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR AT ABINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL.
Mr. Thompson grew up in the inner city of Philadelphia and attended public schools until the 10th grade. Always an athlete with an interest in basketball and football, Mr. Thompson transferred to Abington Friends School, where he excelled as a basketball player. In his junior and seniors years at Abington, he was named First-team All-state. In his senior year of high school, Mr. Thompson was awarded the Pennsylvania co-player of the year, a very proud achievement.
Following high school, Mr. Thompson attended New Mexico Junior College on a basketball scholarship, where he played for two years as an honorable-mention All-American. He graduated from New Mexico JC with an Associate in Liberal Arts and enrolled at New Mexico State University, where he played basketball for two years. During his junior year, he was sixth man of the year in the conference, helping the team reach the Sweet Sixteen. As a senior Mr. Thompson started every game, played the most minutes, and helped lead his team to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Following his tenure at New Mexico State, Mr. Thompson was recruited to play professional basketball in Costa Rica, where he played for two years. He subsequently returned to the U.S. where he enrolled at Temple University while working in the merchandising department of the Pep Boys Corporation and playing basketball on the weekends for the Allentown Jets and the Newark Nightcats.
Mr. Thompson earned a Bachelors of Social Work from Temple University, and then went on to complete his Masters degree in Social Work at Howard University. He is currently a school counselor at his alma mater, Abington Friends School, where his is also the head boys basketball coach.