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Fred Thompson

Thompson

Fred

Head Coach

G06/07 ECNL

Director of Coaching, RCL U13-U19 Boys

B09 ECNL

U23 Women

Boys College Recruiting Coordinator

Kingston, Jamaica

Birthplace

Fred was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. After a very successful high school and club career, Fred went on to study and play soccer at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. There he gained conference honors, regional honors and a place in the George Mason Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame. Fred played seven professional seasons, including time with the Tacoma Stars, and represented Jamaica in World Cup qualifying competition.  


Growing up just outside Toronto, Fred was fortunate enough to live in a great soccer community and to have a soccer coach as his next-door neighbor. Fred was always playing – at practice, in any open field, between street hockey games but mostly in the backyard with his brother and the two brothers next door. The most fun being at night when he’d hang his parents’ desk lights in the trees.  


Fred's coaching philosophy is pretty simple – set up the right environment (safe, fun, challenging, learning) and always look to operate in the “sweet spot”. That is the place where everything the team works on helps the person, now and into the future, as well as the player. For Fred, team success means having players consistently giving their best effort, displaying the growth mindset (constantly learning, overcoming adversity), and taking pride in both the team's success and the part they played in that success.  


Fred holds a USSF A license and has been coaching for over 30 years. Fifteen of those years have been at the college level: from Community College to Head Coach at both men’s and women’s D1 programs – Bellevue Community College, University of Evansville, Bowling Green State University, West Point (United States Military Academy) and Southern Utah University. Fred has always enjoyed teaching and has somewhat of a reputation for helping players and teams improve.  


When not coaching, Fred enjoys reading books, being outdoors (when the weather allows) and of course watching soccer! Manchester City fascinates Fred right now and watching Kevin De Bruyne always makes him smile. Fred lives in Tumwater with his wife, Jill, and their rescue dog, Riley. 

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