Jimmy Thompson joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff in January of 2021 and serves as a graduate assistant, working primarily with the defense.
Thompson spent the 2020 season as a quality control assistant with the safeties at LSU. He was responsible for daily practice cards, safety meeting materials and opponent breakdowns. His in-game duties included identifying route concepts and assisting the defensive coordinator from the sideline.
During the 2019 season, Thompson was a volunteer coach at Hinsdale Central High School and mentored the team’s linebackers.
From January – July of 2019, he was an intern with Notre Dame and worked with the linebackers and safeties. He assisted the defensive staff during practice and was responsible for post-practice film breakdowns and daily positional grading.
Thompson, a Hinsdale, Illinois, native graduated from Notre Dame in December, 2018 with a degree in business administration and minor in history. He was a four-year letter winner (2015-16-17-18) as a linebacker with the Fighting Irish, helping the program to a trio of 10-win seasons, including a 12-1 record and College Football Playoff appearance in 2018.