07/29/11 Matt Thompson has joined Culver Academies as the new Director of Athletics. Thompson comes to Culver from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass., where he spent four years as the associate athletic director, physical education teacher, and coach.
Prior to his time at BCDS, he served as the athletic director, Spanish teacher, and coach at the Knox School in St. James, N.Y. Over the course of his career, Thompson spent time as an athletic administrator and women’s soccer coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Centenary College (N.J.).
Thompson holds a B.A. in English from Dickinson College (Pa.), where he was a two-year captain of the soccer team and currently ranks fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list. He also holds a master’s degree in Sport Management from Georgia Southern University, where he served as the assistant ticket manager for the athletic department.
Thompson is taking over for Al Clark, who is returning to the classroom as a math teacher after serving as athletic director since 1995. Clark came to Culver Academies in 1976 as a member of the math department and the first boys hockey coach. Clark will continue to coach the boys Prep hockey team.
In the first 32 years of hockey at Culver, Clark helped build a hockey program that amassed 20 state championships, in addition to producing 148 college players – including 70 at the Division I level – and 22 National Hockey League draft picks. Seven of his former players have reached the National Hockey League.