Calvin Thompson Approved as New Winslow Twp. Coach

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Former Point Boro head coach Calvin Thompson was approved by the Winslow Township Board of Education as the school’s new head football coach on Wednesday night.

Thompson abruptly resigned at Point Boro during this past fall citing personal reasons after compiling a 65-28 record in 8-plus seasons with the Panthers. Thompson took over Point Boro in 2002 and led the Panthers to consecutive South Jersey Group II final appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2007, winning the program’s first state sectional title since 1978 in 2005. The Panthers also made state playoff appearances in 2006 and 2008.

Thompson inherits a Winslow Township program that went 7-4 and reached the South Jersey Group III semifinals in 2010 before losing to undefeated Lacey. The Eagles graduate star quarterback Bill Belton, a Penn State recruit, but do return some good team speed.

He takes over for former coach Mike McBride, who had announced in July that this fall would be his final season as head coach because he is attending law school. McBride had a record of 29-23 at Winslow after having gone 37-24 at Woodrow Wilson previously.

“I think it will be interesting to see what my system can do with those type of athletes,” Thompson said about taking the job at Winslow. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for me.”

Thompson will commute from Brick to Winslow Township, but does have two sisters that live in the area and his family is originally from Philadelphia.

“It also presents a good business opportunity to expand what I do to down there,” said Thompson, who has his own business training athletes.

After the end at Point Boro, Thompson said he sent out an e-mail and cover letter to every school in the state that he was looking for another head coaching job, so his intention was clearly to get right back into coaching.

“Sitting around is not how I’m wired,” he said. “I’ve got to keep rolling.”

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