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John Thornton
Executive Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 138B Gilchrist
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 862-8574
E-mail:
Other Title: Director of TAMU Coaching Academy
Primary Emphasis Area: Kinesiology
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Short Bio
Dr. John Thornton is the Director of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy in The Department of Health & Kinesiology (HLKN), and the College of Education & Human Development. He helped found the Academy which began in 2013 with the goal of helping prepare, support, and promote individuals interested in and currently engaged in the coaching profession or related area areas of youth development.

Before his involvement with the Coaching Academy he held a variety of administrative duties in the Athletics Department at A&M. He served as the Interim Athletic Director as A&M transitioned into the Southeastern Conference. Prior to that he served as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development at Texas A&M and helped coordinate student-athlete academic services, strength and conditioning, athletic training, and financial aid.

While serving in his administrative duties he was recognized by way of the Academic Inspiration Award in 1998, the TAMU 2002 Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award and was honored in 2002 by having a Fish Camp named after him. He was the recipient of the Student-Athlete Award of Excellence in 2003, the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in 2012, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Honor.

John currently provides color commentary for radio and men's basketball.

Before his administrative duties he was a nine-year assistant basketball coach for Head Coach Shelby Metcalf at Texas A&M and served as interim Head Basketball Coach in 1990.

Thornton was a 2 year letterman on the Texas A&M Basketball Team where in 1974 he earned the Newcomer-of-the-Year in the Southwest Conference and won the team Most Valuable Player Award. In his senior year at A&M, he was voted Team Captain of the 1975 Southwest Conference Champions.

Before his tenure at A&M he was a basketball coach at the high school and junior college level.

Courses Taught
2019 - 2020
KINE 324
2018 - 2019
KINE 324
2017 - 2018
KINE 324
2016 - 2017
KINE 489, KINE 491
2015 - 2016
KINE 485, KINE 489
2014 - 2015
KINE 489
2013 - 2014
KINE 489
2012 - 2013
KINE 489
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