Devon Thompson
Jarvis Christian College
Devon Thompson
Head Volleyball Coach
dthompson@jarvis.edu
Jarvis Christian College

NAIA


Thompson hopes to continue to raise Jarvis volleyball program performance beyond success in the Red River Athletic Conference and national level. She is excited about this opportunity to fortify the mission of the Athletic Department with one key goal in mind, Our student-athletes will be viewed as academic students first, before they are viewed as athletes. I want students to be able to come to Jarvis Christian College, not only to play sports but to earn their education and prepare themselves to be active and productive members of society. While attending high school at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, Thompson had a tremendous high school volleyball career as a student-athlete. She was recognized as an All-Conference player in 1996 and 1997. After graduating in 1997, Thompson received an academic scholarship from Philander Smith College, and majored in Physical Education with a minor in Nursing. Her collegiate career as a Middle Blocker/Middle Hitter led her to earn Academic Honors, Most Dedicated and Hardworking Player and MVP Awards. She also helped her team to earn a third place at the National Small College Athletic Association Volleyball Tournament in 1997. While attending college in 2000, Thompson played for the Little Rock Womens Volleyball League were she received the MVP honor as well as helped her team earn second place in the leagues championship tournament. She also maintained staying on the Deans List and graduated Cum Laude. After graduating, she landed her first coaching job at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she coached from 2002 to 2005 as an assistant volleyball and bowling coach and adjunct physical education teacher while pursuing her Masters Degree in Secondary Education (Physical Education). In 2005, she returned to Little Rock to work for the city and local school district. Missing the excitement on the court, she returned to her alma mater and became the second head coach/former player for volleyball in Philander Smiths Panthers history in 2008. In 2008 while serving as the Head Volleyball Coach, she also assumed the role of Sports Information Director. Under the leadership of Coach Thompson, she reorganized the program and coached Honorable Mention Players, Athletic Scholars and NAIA Daktronics Scholars within the conference.  In 2011, she decided to follow her dreams and took a position in Tyler, Texas, as the Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at Texas College. While at Texas College, the Baseball team finished 2 in conference, and the athletes were named All-American, Academic Scholars and RRAC Scholars, First and Second Team All- Conference, Honorable Mentioned and the school received the Five Star Champion of Character Award. Coach Thompson earned her Masters degree in Coaching and Administration from Concordia University-Irvine, CA and she is the proud mother of one son, Javion.