Varsity Club

    Anthony Thompson  
    Anthony Thompson

    Associate Athletic Director for Engagement


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    • Anthony Thompson was promoted to associate athletic director for engagement, sports performance and sports medicine on May 19, 2014. He is also in his first season as football's sport administrator.

    • One of four assistant directors of development, Thompson's efforts are directed toward outreach to current members and cultivating new Varsity Club donors.

    • Frequently travels throughout the state and connects with donors via phone and email to answer questions and update individuals on happenings within Indiana Athletics. Thompson also runs the Varsity Club's Courtesy Car program.

    • A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Thompson is a former Hoosier (1986-1989) and 2003 inductee to the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

    • During his time on the field, Thompson was Indiana's most valuable player in 1988 and 1989 and the Big Ten MVP during the same years. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and a two-time first team All-American.

    • Finished eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1988 and second in 1989. Thompson was the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Big Ten MVP in 1988 and 1989.

    • IU's career leader in rushing yards, carries, points and touchdowns. At one time, Thompson held NCAA records for both rushing yards in a game and career touchdowns. He is also the only athlete in Indiana history to have his jersey retired.

    • Played four years in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams and the Phoenix Cardinals and was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

    • Spent five years as a Hoosiers football assistant coach prior to joining the Varsity Club in 2002. In addition to the Varsity Club, Thompson is a pastor at The Lighthouse Church in Bloomington.

    • Anthony and his wife, Dr. Lori Thompson, are the parents of four children, Anthony II, Ciara, Jacob and Monteka Flowers-Pegue, who is married to Nick Pegues.

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