Homecoming for Coach Jack

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MHS alumni Coach Jack Thompson.

Medina Varsity Football has kicked off yet another season. The Battling Bees are currently 2-3 with losses to Wadsworth, Highland, and Euclid, with wins against Lakewood and Shaker Heights.  For Coach Jack Thompson, winning or losing, he is glad to be back home.

Thompson played football at Medina from 2010-2014. In 2010, Medina had its most successful season going 9-3, winning its first-ever playoff game against Canton McKinley.

¨I am really happy to be back, not much has changed from when I graduated,” said Thompson. “It is just awesome to be home.”  

After he graduated from MHS, Thompson attended the University of Akron where he is majoring in communications. Currently a senior at Akron, he wanted to get a jumpstart on his future coaching career so he decided to come back home where it all started.

Thompson played offensive and defensive lines during his football career and now coaches these lines. Going from playing to coaching there are some obvious adjustments that need to be made.

¨Not much has changed from my playing days, but I think the attitude around here is more focused on winning,” said Thompson. “Also, the coaching staff is more focused on playing time for all kids.” This is important to the program’s success because it gives them more chances to look at different kids and see their skill level.

Thompson worked with the kids in the program during the offseason, and when Coach Larry Laird got hired as head coach, he knew he was interested in a coaching position.  Laird was head coach during Thompson’s freshman year, but due to job insecurity related to school levy failures, Laird chose to return to coaching at Avon Lake.

When Laird left Strongsville this offseason to return to the Bees, Thompson went to summer weightlifting with the new coaching staff and eventually, Laird kept him on the staff.

¨I wanted to help the kids in my hometown win football games and become better people,¨ said Thompson.

 Halfway through his first season as a coach, Thompson is having a great time. Now he is focused on winning more games.

¨We have had some bumps in the road, but I know we are going to come out strong the rest of the season,¨ said Thompson. 

The next home varsity game is on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. The next home junior varsity game is Sep. 30 at 10 a.m. The next freshman game is Sep. 28 at 4:30 p.m.