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Bob Thompson Named Men’s Soccer Head Coach

In announcing Thompson’s hiring, BC removed his interim tag from when Ed Kelly retired.

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Bob Thompson was announced as legendary coach Ed Kelly’s successor at the helm of the Boston College men’s soccer program, the athletic department announced Thursday.

“We saw immediately the positive impact Bob had on our soccer program last season when he became interim head coach,” athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have Bob lead our men’s soccer program. As a former student-athlete here at BC, he knows first-hand the heights men’s soccer can achieve and we look forward to watching the program under his leadership.”

Thompson played three seasons of professional soccer following his time at Boston College as a player. He then transitioned to coaching at Northeastern in 2007 as an assistant. Thompson returned to the Heights in 2012 following a stint at Tufts as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. After going to UMass Lowell to serve as associate head coach, Thompson returned to the Heights in 2018 to serve as associate head coach for the Eagles.

“First I want to thank my wife, Emily, for her incredible support and for sharing this amazing journey with me,” Thompsons said in a statement. “I would like to thank Martin Jarmond, Vaughn Williams, and David Ayer, along with the rest of the search committee for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I want to thank Coach Kelly for bringing me to Boston College as a student-athlete exactly 20 years ago this past fall as well as for giving me the great chance to return as a coach. BC provided me with a world class education, incredible success on the field as an athlete, and lifelong friendships that I will be forever grateful for. As head coach, I see this as an opportunity for me to give back to Boston College by leading this special program and our incredible student-athletes into a bright future.”