Chris Thomsen
Sport(s)American football
Current position
TitleRunning backs coach
TeamArizona State
ConferencePacific-12 Conference
Biographical details
Bornc. 1970 (age 49–50)
Vernon, Texas
Playing career
Abilene Christian
Position(s)Tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Abilene Christian (assistant)
Wichita Falls HS (TX) (OC)
Central Arkansas (OL)
Abilene Christian
Texas Tech (OL/Interim HC)
Arizona State (RBs)
Head coaching record
Overall52–26 (10 wins vacated)[A 1]
Tournaments2–5 (1 win vacated)[A 1]
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 Lone Star (2008, 2010)
LSC South Division Coach of the Year (2006)

Chris Thomsen (born c. 1970) is an American football coach. Since December 10, 2012, Thomsen is the running backs coach for the Arizona State. He was previously the head coach of the Wildcats football program at Abilene Christian University (ACU), from 2005 through 2011 and an assistant for Texas Tech.

Coaching careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Thomsen is a 1993 ACU graduate and a former Wildcats tight end. Following his graduation, he remained at ACU, first as a graduate assistant and then working his way up to offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, and, finally, assistant head coach. In 1998, the Wildcats finished 18th in the nation in passing under the direction of Thomsen, who was the offensive coordinator.

In 1999, Thomsen left ACU to go into private business, but eventually returned to coaching as he became offensive coordinator at Wichita Falls High School in 2001. With Thomsen calling the plays, the Coyotes won back-to-back district titles and led the district in scoring both seasons (34 points per game in 2001 and 42 ppg in 2002). In 2002 they set the school's single-season record for most points in a season, and the quarterback set the school's single-season record for touchdown passes. Following his tenure at Wichita Falls High School, Thomsen served a two year stint as offensive line coach at the University of Central Arkansas.

Abilene ChristianEdit

In 2005, Thomsen returned to his alma mater, succeeding Gary Gaines as the ACU Wildcats head coach. In 2006, he led the Wildcats to an 8–3 record and the program's first berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He was named the Lone Star Conference South Division Coach of the Year.

In 2008, Abilene Christian finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1950. In the NCAA Division II Playoff second round the Wildcats knocked off rival West Texas A&M University 93-68, the 93 points an NCAA playoff record.[1] In December 2008, Thomsen applied for the vacant head coaching position at Northwestern State University and was named among the six finalists.[2] Other finalists included Bradley Dale Peveto, co-defensive coordinator at Louisiana State University and a former Northwestern State assistant, who eventually got the job.[3]

In 2011, Thomsen left ACU for an assistant position at Arizona State but left before the beginning of the 2012 season.[4]

Texas TechEdit

On February 3, 2012 it was announced that Thomsen would be leaving his position at Arizona State to accept the position of offensive line coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders[5] On December 8, 2012, Red Raiders head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned to take the same position with the Cincinnati Bearcats football program, and two days later Thomsen was named interim head coach replacing Tuberville.[6] Thomsen lead the team to a victory in the 2012 Meineke Car Car Bowl against Minnesota.

Arizona StateEdit

Following the bowl victory, Arizona State hired Thomsen once more to be their running backs coach.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Abilene Christian Wildcats (Lone Star Conference) (2005–present)
2005 Abilene Christian 4–6 4–5 T–8th
2006 Abilene Christian 8–3 7–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2007 Abilene Christian 0–3 (10–3)[A 1] 0–1 (8–1)[A 1] 6th (2nd (South))[A 1] L NCAA Division II Second Round[A 1]
2008 Abilene Christian 11–1 9–0 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2009 Abilene Christian 9–4 6–3 T–5th (South) L NCAA Division II Second Round
2010 Abilene Christian 11–1 10–0 1st (South) L NCAA Division II Second Round
2011 Abilene Christian 8–3 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
Abilene Christian: 51–21 (61–21)[A 1] 43–12 (51–12)[A 1]
Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference) (2012)
2012 Texas Tech 1–0[A 2] Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas[A 2]
Texas Tech: 1–0
Total: 52–26 (61–26)[A 1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 10 games, including 8 conference games, and 1 post-season game, were vacated by the NCAA for violations.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomsen coached the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas after head coach Tommy Tuberville resigned after a 7–5 (4–5 Big 12) regular season.


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