TC407: Ryan Thompson, MidAmerica Nazarene

This week’s episode of Top Coach takes us to Kansas where we’ll be talking to Ryan Thompson, head baseball coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. MNU is coming of a confernce champioship and a trip to the NAIA World Series.

In this episode, Coach Thompson talks about MidAmerica Nazarene and Olathe, growing up in small town Illinois, his JUCO experience, player development back in the day, Sam Riggleman, how to “pattern”, not copy, his transition into coaching, early coaching gigs, landing the position at MNU, getting started as a new head coach, compare and contrast NCAA D1 and NAIA, looking for talent, creative staffinf, and work/life balance.

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Photo credit:  MidAmerica Nazarene Athletics
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
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