We are thrilled to announce that Lynn Thompson, former Director of Athletics at B-CU, has been honored as a Hall of Famer by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA). This prestigious recognition solidifies his remarkable administrative career and establishes him as the only HBCU AD in the NACDA Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony took place at the 58th NACDA convention held at the Orlando World Center Marriott, where Thompson was celebrated among his peers. NACDA, the leading authority in athletics director collaboration worldwide, consists of 22,000 college athletics administrators representing more than 2,200 institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Thompson follows in the footsteps of three legendary figures who were previously honored by NACDA: Nelson Townsend, Walter Reed, and Dennis Thomas. These trailblazers have left an indelible mark on HBCU athletics and the broader sports community.
A Daytona Beach native and former B-CU athlete, Thompson became the youngest athletics director in B-CU history at the age of 31. He dedicated 30 years of his career to B-CU Athletics, ultimately rising to the position of Vice President of Athletics. Thompson’s leadership and vision transformed the program, securing an impressive 71 championships, including 54 in the MEAC.
Surrounded by his family and esteemed colleagues, including Sandra Booker and Michael Stambaugh, Thompson expressed his gratitude for the support he received throughout his journey. He humbly acknowledged the giants who had paved the way for him and emphasized the significance of representing Bethune-Cookman University, the MEAC, and all historically black colleges and universities.
Thompson’s co-workers, Sandra Booker and Cesley Tafoya, shared their joy in celebrating this momentous achievement. They praised Thompson’s vision, leadership, and unwavering commitment to the B-CU community, highlighting the family atmosphere that permeated the university.
The significance of Thompson’s impact was further underscored by the presence of supporters from arch-rival FAMU. Joe Bullard, the voice of the FAMU Marching “100,” and Marvin Green, former FAMU Associate Athletics Director, made the trip to Orlando to honor Thompson’s accomplishments. Their presence spoke volumes about the respect and admiration Thompson has earned throughout his career.
Since his departure from B-CU, Thompson has continued to contribute to the world of sports as a consultant for the MEAC. Additionally, he has reignited his passion for writing, with his works receiving critical acclaim and gaining attention in various cities. While his focus has shifted, Thompson’s dedication to excellence remains unwavering.
Thompson’s induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame serves as a testament to his unparalleled achievements and his enduring legacy in HBCU athletics. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Lynn Thompson on this well-deserved honor.
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