Josh Thompson MED, ATC, LAT, CSCS joined the Westminster College athletic staff as head of athletic training and performance in August of 2005. In addition to his duties coordinating the athletic training needs of an 18-sport athletic program, Thompson is an instructor within the Exercise Science Department.
Thompson is the 2016 NCAA Division III National Athletic Trainer of the Year, awarded by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. In 2015, Thompson received the William T. Griffin Award from the NATA for his outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy, and in 2009, Thompson was named the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association (MoATA) Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Currently, Thompson is serving as the MoATA Governmental Affairs Chair. He is on the State and Regional Planning Committee for the Department of Health's Annual Sport Concussion Seminars, and was a prominent contributor in the 2011 Missouri's Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Act.
He is a certified instructor for the American Red Cross in both Lay Responder and Professional Rescuer certifications. He is also a certified instructor for Human Trainers and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2014.
Thompson is a 2000 graduate of Westminster College, earning his undergraduate degrees in sports medicine/athletic training, secondary education, and physical education. In 2002, he completed his Masters of Education in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to Westminster, Thompson served as the Head of Athletic Training and Departmental Safety Coordinator at Hendrix College for three years. He received his National Athletic Trainers' Association BOC certification in 2000.