"John is a proven coach with an excellent track record in the SEC as a defensive coordinator," said Zook. "We have similar philosophies. The system he's played and that I've coached are very similar. He likes his players to play fast, have fun and he makes the game fun for them. We're excited about that."
Thompson was co-coordinator at Arkansas in 2000 and the Razorbacks led the SEC in defense. He was the defensive play-caller in the final two games that season, and the Razorbacks allowed only two field goals in upset wins over nationally ranked Mississippi State and LSU.
"This was a career decision which I had to do, it was about the opportunity at Florida," said Thompson. "I'm very excited about being a Gator and working with Coach Zook and his staff."
Thompson is married to the former Charleen McCabe. The couple has two sons, Cabe and Hays.