Former Horned Frogs' football and baseball student-athlete Chris Thomsen joined the TCU staff in February 2017 as offensive line coach.
The 2017 season saw all four of TCU's senior offensive linemen reach the NFL. Joseph Noteboom was drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Rams, while Matt Pryor was a sixth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. Additionally, Patrick Morris and Austin Schlottmann signed free-agent contracts with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, respectively.
In 2017, TCU led the Big 12 and ranked among the national leaders in fewest sacks allowed at just 1.3 per game.
Thomsen was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Arizona State from 2013-16. He coached five different Sun Devil linemen to All-Pac 12 recognition. Three of his linemen were drafted as Jamil Douglas was a fourth-round pick (Atlanta Falcons), Christian Westerman went in the fifth round (Cincinnati Bengals) and Sam Jones was a sixth-round selection (Denver Broncos). All three remain active in the NFL with the teams that drafted them.
Prior to his time in Tempe, Thomsen spent the 2012 campaign as the offensive line coach at Texas Tech. He was the interim head coach as the Red Raiders posted a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl. He coached third-round pick Le'Raven Clark, currently with the Indianapolis Colts, and free-agent signee LaAdrian Waddle who is with the New England Patriots.
Thomsen was the head coach at Abilene Christian for seven seasons (2005-11), leading the Wildcats to a 51-21 record and six straight trips to the Division II playoffs. He was a four-time Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year, receiving the honor in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. ACU won Lone Star Conference championships in 2008 and 2010.
Thomsen had five draft picks at Abilene Christian: Danieal Manning (Chicago Bears, second round, 2006), Johnny Knox (Chicago Bears, fifth round, 2009), Bernard Scott (Cincinnati Bengals, sixth round, 2009), Clyde Gates (Miami Dolphins, fourth round, 2011) and Daryl Richardson (St. Louis Rams, seventh round, 2012). He also had two free-agent signees at ACU who are still active in the NFL: Taylor Gabriel (Chicago Bears) and Charcandrick West (Kansas City Chiefs).
Before becoming the head coach at ACU, Thomsen served two seasons at Central Arkansas as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He began his coaching career in 1994 as a graduate assistant at ACU, before spending two seasons as the offensive line coach and one as the defensive line coach. He was named the Wildcats' offensive coordinator in 1998. After spending one season away from football, he got back into coaching in 2001 as the offensive coordinator at Wichita Falls High School before joining Central Arkansas.
Thomsen played football three seasons (1988-90) and baseball one year (1991) at TCU. During his lone season on the diamond for the Horned Frogs, he earned All-Southwest Conference, All-America and TCU Male Athlete of the Year honors after nearly hitting for the triple crown. He led the SWC with 21 home runs and 70 RBIs, while his .373 batting average was second. Thomsen was selected in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Thomsen went on to play two seasons in Oakland's minor league system.
After retiring from baseball, he returned to the college gridiron and played one season at ACU. He was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference tight end for the Wildcats, earning second-team All-America honors.
Thomsen earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from TCU in December 1993 and received his master's in secondary education from ACU in 2000.
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