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Lynn Thompson
Position: Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Alma Mater: Bethune-Cookman
Graduating Year: 1980
Major: Pre-Med
Experience: 25 Years
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Lynn W. Thompson Bio
Release: 07/01/2012

Twenty five years ago, Lynn W. Thompson, a Daytona Beach, Florida native and Bethune-Cookman College graduate, began his career as the youngest NCAA Division I athletic director in the nation. Since then, he has played a vital role on campus at Bethune-Cookman University, at the conference level, and now is the senior statesman amongst MEAC and HBCU athletic directors, and serves nationally as a committee chair and well sought after leader for input on various NCAA committees.

For his accomplishments and much more, Thompson was elevated to the position of Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, announced by B-CU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson on Tuesday, June 30. His duties took effect Wednesday, July 1, however still continuing to oversee the 17-sport Division I program for the B-CU Department of Athletics.

As the first African-American to chair the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee and as a member on the NCAA I-AA Football Committee and the NCAA Football Issues Committees, Thompson has vast experience in creating policy for intercollegiate athletics on a national level. He has also served the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as chairman of the MEAC Basketball and Baseball Tournaments, and has been selected five times as an NCAA Peer Reviewer for the athletics certification process.

Under Thompson’s watch, Wildcats student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom. In the 2014 NCAA APR report, every Bethune-Cookman program registered an APR score of at least 960. Additionally, B-CU Football led the MEAC in APR for the 2013-14 academic year.

During his tenure overseeing a 17-sport department that is known throughout the nation, Thompson has directed the Wildcats to a total of 64 championships, beginning with 44 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) crowns, including a dynasty of 12 baseball championships in the past 15 years; a run of five consecutive softball titles from 2000-2004 – as well as three addition consecutive titles from 2010-12. B-CU Football has won a total of six MEAC titles, including at least a share of the last three consecutive from 2012-14. Additionally, the Wildcats won the school’s first-ever national HBCU championship in 2010.

B-CU’s golf programs for women and men have won a total of 20 PGA National Minority Golf Championship (13 women, 7 men) titles, featuring an international roster from all around the world. The men’s program won the inaugural 2014 MEAC Golf Championship, earning the school’s first-ever team bid to the NCAA Regionals in Raleigh, North Carolina. B-CU track & field has trained an indoor/outdoor NCAA hurdling champion, and were represented by the Wildcats’ first ever Olympian in the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2015, B-CU Men’s Track & Field swept the indoor and outdoor MEAC crowns, while defending the outdoor title from a season ago.

Under Thompson’s leadership, Wildcat teams have also fared well in NCAA postseason appearances including the 2005 softball Regional Championship in Gainesville, Florida, advancing to the NCAA Super Regional in Austin, Texas after receiving the first-ever at-large bid to the Women’s College World Series. In 2002, the baseball team won its first regional game against FIU, following with yet another regional victory over Columbia in 2014 as part of the Coral Gables [Fla.] Regional hosted by the University of Miami.

In 2013, B-CU freshman men’s golfer Ryan Fricker earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals, marking the first time the feat had been accomplished since 1999 for any men’s golfer. Ryan Fricker followed with an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals in 2014, winning the inaugural MEAC individual title at the first-ever MEAC Championships in Savannah, Georgia.

Away from the athletic fields, Thompson is heavily involved in the B-CU Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), where his office is constantly open for prayer and consultation with all students. He served as a staff pastor at Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach, Florida, for over 10 years in addition to leading the men’s ministry.

A veteran television and radio producer and personality, Thompson has utilized his experience in the media with the development of B-CU’s CatEye Network which produces and distributes programs on television, live streaming of Wildcats athletic events, and he also serves as executive producer of the various B-CU coach’s television shows and the CatEye Radio Network. In addition to his duties as Director of Athletics, he was recently named as chair of the advisory committee for the university’s acquisition and management team of WELE 1380 The Cat radio station located in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Thompson graduated from then Bethune-Cookman College in 1980 with a Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Med, and later earned a Master's Degree from Clark-Atlanta University in 1984. He went on to embark on a mass communications career that has spanned more than 30 years. For many years, he hosted the public affairs show Vibrations on WESH-TV, an NBC affiliate based out of Orlando, Florida. He continues to produce and host the regional television and radio shows highlighting Bethune-Cookman University athletics on Fox Sports Florida and Bright House Networks.

Lynn W. Thompson has three children. His oldest daughter, Tai Lynne, is a graduate of Florida State University, and currently lives in New York pursuing a career as an actress. His son Matthew David graduated in 2014 from The Citadel after spending four years as a student-athlete for the Bulldogs on the football team as a quarterback, receiver and kick returner. His youngest child, daughter Lyndsay Olga, is a sophomore at Bethune-Cookman and graduated from high school at Spruce Creek in 2014.

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