EDMOND – The University of Central Oklahoma athletic department announced Tuesday the hiring of Derrick Thompson to lead the men’s golf program.
“We are so excited to announce and welcome Derrick Thompson as the men’s golf head coach at UCO,” UCO athletic director Stan Wagnon said. “As we searched through a pool of highly qualified candidates, Derrick’s attributes and demeanor, leadership approach and record of success fully matched what we were seeking. He’s well respected among his peers and a proven leader in evaluating, recruiting and developing high-character, high-level players. And in meeting his wife Melissa and children Grady and Cami, it was easy to envision the values and family atmosphere he will bring to our program.”
Thompson comes to UCO from Iowa Western, where he spent the past seven years leading both the men’s and women’s programs.
“I am extremely excited to be joining the UCO family,” Thompson said. “The men’s golf program has a rich history and tradition of being one of the strongest programs in the MIAA and in the country. I’m excited to get to work to continue that tradition. The greater OKC area is a hotbed for junior golf and has an incredible depth of talent. I’m excited for the recruiting possibilities that it brings.
“I want to thank all of my players, fellow coaches, and the entire staff at Iowa Western,” Thompson continued. “My seven years there have been great and I’ve grown a lot as a coach during my time there. I appreciate all of the help, collaboration and support they gave me and my family.”
Thompson led the two programs to a combined 43 tournament wins over the past seven seasons, including five for each the men’s and women’s programs this past season.
He coached his teams at IWCC to more than 20 national tournament appearances and has coached more than a dozen All-Americans. He’s also coached individual NJCAA national champions in both men’s and women’s golf.
Prior to Iowa Western, Thompson was the head men’s and women’s coach at North Idaho College. There he also qualified his teams for the national tournament and led multiple student-athletes to All-American honors.
A member of the NJCAA Golf Coaches Association, Thompson served as secretary from 2017-18, vice president from 2018-20, and most recently president from 2020-21.
Thompson graduated from Ferndale High School in Washington in 2000 before attending Western Washington University. He is married (Melissa) and has two children (Grady and Camryn).
Thompson begins his time at UCO this summer ahead of the 2021-22 season beginning in September.