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Cornel Thompson - Head Football Coach/Athletic Director  
 
Coach Cornel Thompson graduated from West Orange High School in 1966, earning a scholarship to Panola Jr. College and McNeese State University where he earned Little All-American honors as a catcher on the baseball teams, as well as ALL-Gulf South Conference at McNeese in 1970. He graduated from McNeese State University in 1971 with a B.S. in History and P.E. and earned his Master’s Degree from McNeese in 1975 in Education and Administration. Beginning his career as head baseball coach at Kirbyville High School in 1971, he was named the head baseball coach at Stark High School in 1974. Since the schools merged in 1977, Coach Thompson has been the linebacker coach, powerlifting coach, equipment manager and off-season coordinator, as well as heading the summer program. He was later named the asst. head football coach under the direction of Coach Hooks. He served as head baseball coach at WOS for 5 years during the late 1990’s. Coach Thompson’s personal achievements in football include coaching 43 All-District Linebackers at West Orange-Stark High School -1977-2000; 2004-2014; coaching 8 All-State Linebackers – 1986, 1989, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2012, 2013; 2 State powerlifting champions in 2011; and has been an integral part of the WOS State Championship teams in 1986 and 1987, and the State Finalist teams in 1989, 2000. He was named the Athletic Director / Head Football coach in 2011. Under his leadership, the team was a State Finalist in 2014 and garnished the GOLD in 2015 as the 4A Division II State Champions.
 
Special honors include his defensive state-wide rankings in Texas High School Football, which consist of:

1987 - #1 Defensive football team in Class 4A
1997 - #1 Defensive football team in Class 4A
1998 - #2 Defensive football team in Class 4A
1999 - #3 Defensive football team in Class 4A
2000 - #1 Defensive football team in Class 4A
2007 - #1 Defensive football team in Class 3A
2008 - #1 Defensive football team in Class 3A
2009 - #3 Defensive football team – All Classes
2010 - #4 Defensive football team – All Classes
2012 - #1 Defensive football team in Class 3A
2012 - #4 Defensive football team – All Classes
2013 - #4 Defensive football team in Class 3A
2015 - #4 Defensive football team in Class 4A

Coach Thompson was the Teacher of the Year, not only at the high school campus, but the entire WOCCISD district. He and his wife, Frances, have four children between them, all being WOS graduates. Marcus and his wife Jessie, live in Little Rock, AR with their son Hayes. Nikki and her husband Jason, live in Katy with their sons, Mason, Jace and Dax. Michael lives in Beaumont and Chad and his wife, Chelsea live in Clear Lake. In his spare time, Coach Thompson raises Longhorn cattle and chickens.