Veteran collegiate baseball coach Edwin Thompson enters his second season as Georgia State’s pitching coach after joining the GSU staff in the fall of 2012.
In his first season with the Panthers, he guided a very young staff that helped the Panthers to a 35-win season for the third-highest victory total in program history. Four different freshmen hurlers started a total of 24 games in 2013, including 21 on the weekend, and rookies combined to throw nearly 200 innings while collecting 10 wins and five saves.
Thompson developed a GSU bullpen that collected 13 saves, the second-best season mark in Panthers annals. Freshman right-hander Matt Rose led the team with five saves and a 2.55 earned run average on his way to earning Freshman All-America honors.
Thompson, 33, came to GSU after two years (2011-12) at Duke as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He served briefly as the Blue Devils’ interim head coach in the spring of 2012.
Working directly with the Duke outfielders, Thompson coached Will Piwnica-Worms, who signed with the Washington Nationals following the season. He was part of a Duke coaching staff that developed Marcus Stroman, an All-America pitcher who was selected 22nd overall in the first round of the Major League Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as right-handers David Putnam, Dennis O’Grady and Ben Grisz, who also signed professional contracts.
As the team’s recruiting coordinator, Thompson was instrumental in securing a class that was ranked among the top 35 in the country, including one player selected in the MLB draft.
A native of Jay, Maine, Thompson served two seasons (2009-10) as the head coach at Bates (Maine) College before going to Duke. He led the Bobcats to a 25-11 season in 2010 in only his second season. Bates’ school-record 25 wins marked the first 20-win season in the program’s 138-year history and its first winning campaign since 1992. Thompson’s squad committed the fewest errors in the nation in NCAA Division III and finished seventh in the country with a .970 fielding percentage that season while also ranking 19th in the nation in with a .354 team batting average.
Before earning the head coaching position at Bates, Thompson served four seasons as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine at Farmington. At UMF, Thompson oversaw the pitching staff and recruited and coached eight players who went on to earn all-conference honors.
Thompson began his collegiate playing career at Howard University and the University of Maryland. He then played his last two seasons at Webber International University, where he led the team to an NAIA top-25 ranking and played in the Florida Sun Conference All-Star Game.
Thompson spent one year in professional baseball playing for the independent-league Bangor Lumberjacks in 2003, when he led all Lumberjack rookies in extra-base hits.
He earned his degree in business administration from Webber in 2003.