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Thomson scores spot in Manteca Hall of Fame
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John “Jack” Thomson — among the top 30 California high school coaches for overall baseball wins — is being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.

The dinner and induction ceremonies are taking place Saturday, May 9, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $60 apiece and are available through the Manteca Boys & Girls Club, 545 W. Alameda St., or by calling 239.5437.

Other inductees are Aaron “Bubba Black” Goodwin, the arts; Dr. Craig Bobson, health care; Daryll Paul Quaresma, agriculture; Ruth Anne Boggs, education; Donna Shannon, at large; Albert Eugene Pagnucci, government; Lindsay Munoz, education; Robert “Budge” and Arlene Brown, business; Earl Pimentel, special recognition; and Bianca Jacklich, community service.

Thomson is being inducted in the field of athletics.

He has managed nine Valley Oak League baseball championship teams both at Sierra and Manteca high schools. Thomson won his 500th game in 2012. He is in his 20th year as the head baseball coach at Sierra where he has also coached the girls’ golf team since 2011.

Thomson was the Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coach of the Year in 2010. The same year he was picked as the California State Model Coach of the Year.

“Not only is he a professional confident to myself, but to many students, both past and present, who continue to consult and confide their success and challenges with coach Thomson many years after leaving Sierra High School,” noted Sierra High Vice Principal Greg Leland. “To me, this exemplifies the deep respect and trust in a mentor who shapes young people’s lives utilizing sports as a catalyst toward life’s successes.”

Thomson also served as head sophomore baseball coach at Manteca High in 1979 and 1980 as well as an assistant baseball coach at Madison High in San Diego in 1978.

He was the head freshmen football coach at Manteca High from 1984 to 1986, the head sophomore football coach at Manteca High from 1987 to 1993, and a varsity assistant football coach at Sierra High from 1994 to 1998.

Thomson served as a high school football official from 2001 to 2013 including as crew chief for his last eight years.

Thomson has been an active member of Manteca Babe Ruth Baseball for almost 30 years and provides yearly clinic for little leaguers. He’s also been a board member for the ABCA Baseball Rules Committee. He is also active in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

The 1973 Manteca High graduate attended Delta College and graduated from San Diego State in 19878. He received his masters’ degree in education in 1986 from the University of LaVerne.

Thomson is into golfing, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and camping. He is a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.