Welcome to Luther College Athletics from Joe Thompson, Director of Athletics
The Athletic Department at Luther College is dedicated to providing a championship experience for our student-athletes and does this by providing quality coaches, outstanding facilities and equipment, and a rigorous competition schedule. In return, our student-athletes have established an unparalleled tradition of excellence and have won more championships than any other school in our conference. We are extremely proud of our student-athletes and the commitment they have made to excellence.
Like their championship athletic experience, our student-athletes are afforded a championship classroom experience. Nationally known for academic excellence, Luther College provides student-athletes with the opportunity to participate in an outstanding academic experience. Our commitment to the liberal arts enables our student-athletes to adapt to a changing society, acquire the skills to attain their vocational goals, and serve their communities with distinction. This preparation has paid dividends as the student-athletes at Luther College have been named to the All-Conference Academic teams more often than those at any other school in the league.
Academic success and athletic excellence go hand in hand at Luther College. We are proud of our strong academic programs, rich athletic tradition, outstanding facilities, and the people that make the campus special.
Joe Thompson was named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Luther College in June of 1995. He came to Luther following a successful 18-year coaching career. Thompson attended Augustana College (Ill.) before completing a Master's Degree at the University of Oregon and a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While a student at Augustana, he was an All-American in football and track and field. Thompson and his wife Rhonda, have three children: Quinn, Collin, and Logan.