Varsity Club

    Anthony Thompson  
    Anthony Thompson

    Assistant Director of Development


    Kit Klingelhoffer: A Look Back at 42 Years

    A Q&A; with retiring assistant athletic director, Kit Klingelhoffer, who worked at IU for 42 years after graduating from Indiana in 1970.

    Anthony is one of four Assistant Directors of Development, whose efforts are directed toward outreach to current members and cultivating new Varsity Club donors. He frequently travels throughout the state and connects with donors via phone and email to answer questions and update individuals on happenings within IU Athletics. Anthony also runs the Varsity Club's Courtesy Car program.

    A native of Terre Haute, IN, Thompson is a former IU Football player (1986-1989) and 2003 inductee to the IU Athletics Hall of Fame. During his time on the field, Thompson was Indiana's MVP in 1988 and 1989 and the Big Ten MVP during the same years. He was two-time All-Big Ten and two-time first team All-American. He finished eighth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1988 and second in 1989. He was Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Big Ten MVP in 1988 & 1989 (only the 3rd two-time winner in the 66 year history of the Award).

    Thompson is the IU career leader in rushing yards, carries, points and touchdowns. At one time, Thompson held NCAA records for both rushing yards in a game and career touchdowns. He is also the only athlete in IU history to have his jersey retired.

    He played four years in the National Football League with the LA Rams and the Phoenix Cardinals and was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Thompson spent five years as an IU football assistance coach prior to joining the Varsity Club in 2002. In addition to the Varsity Club, Anthony is also a pastor at The Lighthouse Church in Bloomington.

    He and his wife, Dr. Lori Thompson, are the parents of three children: Anthony II, Ciara and Jacob.

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