Lynn Thompson, Bethune-Cookman – Thompson began his career 25 years ago when he became one of the youngest NCAA Division I athletic directors in the nation at Bethune-Cookman. Under Thompson’s leadership, the Wildcats have won 64 championships, including 44 MEAC crowns. He was the first African-American to chair the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee. Thompson assembled the Bethune-Cookman Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and launched the Wildcats athletic graduate assistant program. He was instrumental in launching a 30-minute coaches television show highlighting Bethune-Cookman football and basketball programs (men’s and women’s) where he produces and hosts on Fox Sports Florida and Bright House Networks.
Because of his dedication to athletics and the university, Thompson was elevated to the position of Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics in July 2015 and continues to oversee the 17-sport Division I program. Away from the athletic fields, Thompson is heavily involved in the B-CU Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and for over ten years, he has served as a staff pastor at Calvary Christian Church in Ormond Beach, Florida and is leader of the men’s ministry.