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Luke Thompson

Worcester, Mass.

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Alma Mater:
Assumption '98

Second Season

Luke  Thompson


Lafayette Coaching Staff Join Students in Classroom

Garret introduced Coaches in Classroom program in 2017


Leopards Shut Out Georgetown and Improve to 3-1 in PL

Defense grabs four interceptions and holds Georgetown to 175 offensive yards


Patriot League Play Continues at Georgetown

Lafayette vs. Georgetown game notes


Lafayette Coaches Return to the Classroom

Football coaching staff joins student-athletes in class


Lezynski Bolsters Garrett's Defensive Staff

Former Notre Dame player and UConn Assistant will coach linebackers


Lafayette at Georgetown Photo Gallery

Photos by Kenya Allen


Lafayette vs. Fordham

Photos by Rick Smith


Lafayette vs. Sacred Heart

Photos by Rick Smith

Recruiting Areas: West Atlanta, Southern Maryland (Prince George, Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's, Queen Anne, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester), Washington D.C.

Luke Thompson's first season on College Hill was one of change, and his influence paid immediate dividends. It was no more apparent than in Patriot League play where the Leopards allowed just 15.8 points per game (second best in the league) in 2017 down from 37.3 the year prior (worst in the league). Takeaways tell a similar story as Lafayette was ranked 27th in the nation in turnovers gained and led the Patriot League just a season removed from being last in the same category.

Making Thompson's job easier were five All-Patriot League selections including Brandon Bryant '18 and Phillip Parham '18, both of whom also were selected to the Associated Press All-America Second Team. Bryant finished the season ranked third in the nation in tackles per game (12.1) and ninth in solo tackles per game (6.3). Parham was equally adept at corner, as he led the nation in interceptions per game (0.6) and pass breakups per game (1.7).

Prior to joining John Garrett's staff, Thompson spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgetown, overseeing a 2016 team that finished first in the Patriot League in scoring defense (23.3 ppg) and red-zone defense and second in turnovers gained and third-down defense. During his tenure, he mentored defensive end Alec May who led the nation in sacks in 2014 and defensive back Ettian Scott who led the nation in passes defended in 2015.

For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Thompson was the special teams coordinator and an offensive assistant coach at Army. In 2012, he coached the fullbacks for an offense that finished first in the FBS in rushing offense. That followed his first stint at Georgetown (2006-12) where he spent time as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

Thompson coached outside linebackers at Harvard during the 2004 and 2005 seasons, helping guide the Crimson to an Ivy League title in 2004. That season the defense limited its final six opponents to 14 points or fewer and surrendered just one touchdown in the final three games.

He served as an assistant coach at Amherst College from 2002-03, coaching the linebackers while coordinating video operations. He also spent 1999-00 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Holy Cross in his hometown of Worcester, Mass. Thompson began his coaching career in 1998 as the offensive line and tight ends coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

A 1998 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.. Thompson earned his bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and Economics. He and his wife, Kristin, have two children, Madelyn and Luke.