A 30-year athletics administration veteran, Gregory Thompson, has been hired as the athletics director for Allen University, officials announced Wednesday. Thompson began his new post July 15.
“We are pleased to announce that Coach Gregory Thompson has joined us as director of athletics. His experience as a football coach and athletics administrator comes to us in a propitious moment in the growth of the university and athletics,” said President and CEO Dr. Ernest McNealey.
Thompson was the former director of athletics and head football coach for Stillman College. Among his accomplishments at the Tuscaloosa, Ala. institution, he led the college’s reclassification and certification from Division III to Division II within the NCAA. He also held coaching and administrative positions at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Ga. and Southern University and A&M, located in Baton Rouge, La.
Thompson will manage the operation of Allen’s athletic programs, currently comprised of 9 men and women’s sports teams. He will also oversee a planned expansion, with the addition of new sports programs and a bid to move from the NAIA to NCAA Division II.
“Allen University has a longstanding record of superior athletic performance. I am honored to join an institution that not only takes pride in the athletic abilities of its students, but also one that revels in its legacy of academic excellence,” said Thompson.
“I look forward to helping build an athletic powerhouse, where maximizing student success is a priority,” Thompson continued.
An inductee into both Morris Brown College Hall of Fame and the Atlanta University Center Athletic Hall of Fame, Thompson earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education from Morris Brown College.
Fans, friends and supporters are invited to meet Thompson, along with Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dub Taylor and Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Development Dr. Teesa Brunson, who also recently joined university leadership, at a Meet and Greet reception. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at the Mattie Scott Room, located in the Willie H. Johnson Conference Center, 2300 Taylor Street, Columbia. RSVPs by Monday, July 22 to email@example.com are requested.