Big Sky Conference

Missoula connections on NAU coaching staff run deep


Andy Thompson’s experience in Missoula as a Montana Grizzly laid the foundation for the rest of his life.

Thompson crossed paths with a string of coaches who would influence his life, from Mick Dennehy to Joe Glenn to Bobby Hauck. During his time as a linebacker at UM, he played in two national championship games, helping the Griz claim the 2001 national title. Thompson played for six position coaches and made numerous friends. He even met his wife, Mikal, a Missoula native, during his time in the Garden City.

Thompson has spent the last 12 seasons as an assistant on Jerome Souers’ staff at Northern Arizona, squaring off with his alma mater each fall. Thompson coached NAU running backs in 2005 and 2006, linebackers and special teams in 2007 and 2008 and has been NAU’s defensive coordinator since 2009. Thompson’s Lumberjacks host Montana on Saturday evening.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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