Nebraska GA Tavita Thompson On His Transition From Player To Coach

Nebraska second-year graduate assistant coach Tavita Thompson talks about his start in coaching and transitioning from player to coach.


Tavita Thompson is in his second season on the Nebraska staff as a graduate assistant coach, working primarily with NU's tight ends.

In 2015, Thompson helped the Husker tight ends play a key role in an offense that finished in the top three in the Big Ten in scoring, passing and total offense. Junior tight end Cethan Carter caught 24 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, and earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades. 

Thompson came to Nebraska from Oregon State, where he was a graduate assistant coach. He also played offensive tackle for the Beavers from 2005 to 2008. Thompson coached at Pacific University in 2011, serving as the team’s defensive line coach. Prior to joining the Boxers' staff he played one season in the United Football League with the Sacramento Mountain Lions being drafted in the second round. In 2009 he appeared in two games for the New York Jets during the preseason.

Thompson was a four-year letterwinner at OSU after redshirting as a true-freshman in 2004. A native of Honolulu, Thompson started 13 career games at offensive tackle and was a member of four OSU bowl winning teams.

Thompson played at St. Louis High School, where he was named first team all-state by both the Honolulu Advisor and the Star-Bulletin on both offense and defense as a senior. He was one of only three players to be named to both publications' first teams and rated among the nation's top-50 linemen by

Thompson graduated from Oregon State in 2008 with his degree in human development and family studies. Thompson and his wife, Lindsay, have two children, Brycen and Tausani.

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