Billy Thompson, in his second year with the program, brings a wealth of professional coaching and playing experience to his role as an assistant coach with Capital University Men's Soccer.
In his first year with the program, the 2017 Capital team became just the second team in program history to advance to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament and was the first team in program history to win an NCAA tournament match when it defeated Dominican University (Ill.) in overtime 2-1. The 2017 team featured five All-OAC players, including Justin Niswonger who was named OAC Goaltender of the Year. Niswonger and forward Chewy Gordon were also named to the All-Great Lakes Region Third Team.
THe Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament again in 2018 and again advanced to the second round. Capital earned a share of the OAC regular season title before receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seven Crusaders were named All-OAC including three first-team members. Forward Chewy Gordon was named the OAC Forward of the Year and became the first Capital player to be named a First Team All-American in addition to several regional honors.
From 2008-15, Thompson served as the Youth Director of Coaching & Player Development with Columbus Crew SC and was the head coach at the Crew Soccer Academy, working with some of the area's finest youth soccer players. Prior to joining Crew SC, Thompson was the Director of Coaching with Worthington United from 2000-08.
Thompson played his college soccer at UCLA from 1986-90. An All-American in 1988 and 1990, Thompson captained the 1990 team that won the NCAA National Championship and was named the Adidas College Player of the Year. He was also named to the PAC-12 All-Century Team.
While at UCLA and after, Thompson's strong play earned him a spot with the United States Men's National Team and he earned three USMNT caps. From 1996-2000, Thompson played for the Columbus Crew after being drafted in the third round of the first MLS Draft (21st overall). In his four seasons, Thompson scored four goals and recorded 18 assists in 82 matches.
Immediately following his collegiate career, Thompson was a member of the U.S. team at the World University Games and then moved to France, where he played from 1991-94 as a member of FC Pau. From 1994-96, Thompson traveled the world as a member of the Hawaii Tsunami, FC Rajpracha in Thailand, the United States National Pro Beach Soccer Team and the Tampa Bay Terror. While with the Hawaii Tsunami of the USISL (now the United Soccer Leagues) in 1995, Thompson scored 21 goals in 14 matches en route to being named the league's offensive MVP. With the Tampa Bay Terror of the National Professional Soccer League, an indoor league, he appeared in 40 matches and scored 30 goals.
In 2014 Thompson obtained his USSF Youth Technical Director License and also holds a USSF National “A” License, which he received in Tampa Bay in 2010. Thompson also serves as the Ohio Premier Soccer Club Boys Technical Director.