Ed Thompson enters in his fifth year as head coach at Columbus State and sixth year as a coach with the program. His career record is 66-51. Since becoming the 6th head coach in Columbus State's history in 2014, he has had the unique distinction of leading his teams to the national tournament in two different divisions, finishing in DII top 12 and DIII third place.
Columbus State's historic 2017 postseason run, which started with a victory over the defending regional champions, continued with last second shot to clinch the district final, and ended with a successful trip to the national championship.
Since transitioning to DIII in 2016, Thompson has produced three NJCAA All-Americans, Rodney Willis, Mario Young, and Chris Byrd. Young was also named an NABC All-American and invited to participate in the prestigious NJCAA/NABC All-Star game in Las Vegas. Additionally, for the first time in school history, Columbus State produced a two-time academic all-American in men's basketball, Grant Dierksheide.
The District II Coach of the Year has maintained over a .500 conference record over the past three seasons, despite competing nearly exclusively with DII programs.
Prior to Columbus State, Coach Thompson coached at the AAU and K-12 levels, having earned several national and statewide championships.
Coach Thompson is a graduate of Central State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Business Management. While there, he was a four year letter winner in Track & Field.
Originally from Mansfield, Ohio, Thompson is married to Sharaun and they have three children: (EJ), Macaiah, and Keziah.