|Lynn Thompson Biography|
Twenty-two years ago, Lynn W. Thompson, a Daytona Beach native and Bethune-Cookman 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.
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.
During his tenure overseeing a 17-sport department that is known throughout the nation, Thompson has directed the Wildcats to a total of 50 championships, beginning with 35 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference crowns, including a dynasty of twelve baseball championships in the past thirteen years; a run of five straight softball titles from 2000-2004 with a current streak of three years, and the 2002 and 2010 football championship, the latter garnering the University's first-ever national HBCU championship. In addition, B-CU's golf program has won 15 PGA National Minority Golf Championship (10 women, 5 men) titles, featuring an international roster. 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.
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 Florida International.
Away from the athletic fields, Thompson is heavily involved in the B-CU Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 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.
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 Sun Sports Network.
He is married to Dr. Michelle D. Thompson, a noted author and Dean of the Freshman College at Bethune-Cookman University. They are proud parents of Matthew David, a student-athlete at The Citadel, and Lyndsay Olga, a junior at Spruce Creek High School. Tai Lynne, the oldest child in the Thompson family, is a graduate of Florida State University and is pursuing a career as an actress.
Championships During Thompson's Tenure
MEN'S BASKETBALL (1)
1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012
WOMENS TENNIS (3)
1999, 2000, 2001
WOMENS INDOOR TRACK (2)
National Minority Titles (15)
MEN (5) 1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2011
WOMEN (10) 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012