No one in school history has more of a connection, and no one has made more of an impact to Mount Morris boys’ soccer than Coach Larry Thompson. The team may not even exist today if it were not for his hard work. In 1975, he pioneered the comeback of our boys’ soccer team after a 28-year absence. At that time, Mount Morris only had a football team in the fall and had not had a soccer team since 1947. Since 1975, Mount Morris has fielded a successful soccer team thanks to the hard work of Coach Thompson, who went on to a 27-year coaching career in boys’ soccer from 1975-2001. In a very short period of time, he was able to form a very successful program.
In just his second year in action, the team ended the season with a winning 10-6-1 record and made the Sectional tournament after winning a one game playoff against Perry. Some of his top years included 1983 when the team finished 15-3 and in 1984 when he led the team to the sectional finals for the first time since 1940. In 1987, Coach Thompson led the team to a #1 seed ranking in Class D and was named the Section V, Class D Coach of the Year. He finished out his career in grand fashion by coaching the last two soccer teams in school history to be crowned as the Livingston County champions in 2000 and 2001. These were the final two years of his coaching career. His final game coaching came in the sectional finals in 2001. Until this past fall, that was the last Mount Morris boys’ soccer team to make it to the sectional finals. At the end of his career, Coach Thompson had accumulated 208 wins, which makes him the winningest soccer coach in school history. During his tenure, the team made sectionals 22 out of the 27 years, which is a huge accomplishment given that we always played schools larger and only eight teams typically made sectionals in each class during his era. He is one of the most respected soccer coaches in Section V history.