Thompson joins staff at Denton High

Derek Thompson, one of UNT's all-time greats and the MVP of the Mean Green's win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, is joining the coaching staff at Denton High. (The Dallas Morning News/Sara Hoffman)

Derek Thompson is staying in the town where he developed into notable player in local football history.

The former UNT quarterback, who led the Mean Green to a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, is set to join the staff at Denton High.

Thompson confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he has passed his certification test and will sign his contract in the few days.

He will coach quarterbacks for the Broncos and will also coach freshman girls basketball.

Thompson’s mother was a long-time high school basketball coach.

“This is what I always wanted to do,” Thompson said. “I grew up with it with my mom being a coach. I knew that if I couldn’t play at the next level, I would be a coach. It will be a chance to give back. I was really blessed to play for so many good coaches. I can give kids the same opportunities that were afforded me.”

Thompson threw for 7,447 yards in while starting for three seasons at UNT. He finished his career as statistically one of the most productive players in UNT history.

He capped his career by winning MVP honors in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

For more on Thompson joining Denton’s staff, see tomorrow’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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