-By Donovan Stewart
After almost three decades of coaching high school football in Memphis, Tim Thompson has retired after spending the last four seasons at KIPP Academy.
Thompson has accepted a job at Adidas, where he will organize and put on youth camps and will also do speaking engagements for the company as well.
“Helping our youth is something I like to do and doing speaking engagements is something I’m very passionate about,” Thompson said.
Thompson was 20-20 in his four seasons at KIPP Academy which included the schools only two playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016.
The Phoenix missed the playoffs this season and finished the year with a 3-7 record.
“We are saddened to lose coach Thompson as he really had a great impact on the kids the community and the parents,” KIPP Academy Athletic Director Dion Barry said.
His overall coaching record is 114-53 and Thompson had a ton of success in seven seasons (1994-2000) at his alma mater Melrose where he was 77-11 in his seven seasons at Orange Mound.
The Golden Wildcats made three straight Class 3A state title games in 1996-1998 as they were state champions in 1996 and 1998 and were runner up in 1997.
He also took over the Fayette Ware program in 2005 and was 17-16 as they made back to back playoff appearances in 2006 and 2007.
But with success also came controversy as in 2001, Thompson was suspended for three years by Memphis City Schools after it was discovered that he took $1,400 dollars from a University of Kentucky assistant to sway a player to play football for the Wildcats.
The following 17 schools are looking for a new head coach: Cannon County, Chester County, Gibbs, Gordonsville, Grundy County, Halls, Humboldt, Houston, Jellico, KIPP Academy, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Ooltewah, Scott, Upperman, Red Bank and Volunteer.