Craig Thompson began his coaching career as assistant coach of the Shasta College football program in 1991 under long time coach and mentor, Leaon Donohue. During his Assistant Coaching tenure, he served as the Linebackers Coach (1991-1992) and Defensive Coordinator (1993-1999). Coach Thompson is a 1983 graduate of Enterprise High School where he excelled in football under Coach Jim Sinyard and Ron Wooley. After high school, Thompson attended Shasta College where he started as a linebacker for two seasons at Shasta (1983 & 1984). During his playing career at Shasta College, Coach Thompson earned All-Conference recognition, was selected as a team captain, and received team M.V.P honors for the 1984 season. He continued his education and playing career (1995-1996) at Humboldt State University (HSU), and was a two-year starter and earned All-Conference honors during his playing career at HSU.
Thompson started his coaching career at Eureka High School, serving as an Assistant Varsity Coach during the 1989 season. The next two seasons, he went back to HSU to become a graduate Assistant Coach where he completed his Master’s degree and served as a Linebacker Coach during the 1989-1990 seasons. Coach Thompson loves being a member of the local community and the Shasta College family. He and his wife Renee have three beautiful daughters: Alisha, Amy, and Emily. Their eldest daughter, Alisha, is married to Virgil Woods, football coach at Enterprise High School.