- Begins second year as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Jones County Junior College.
- Came to JCJC after serving as offensive coordinator at Southwest Mississippi for the past four years.
- Native of Vernon, Ala., and a 1990 graduate of Lamar County High School.
- After high school, attended the University of the South (1990-92) in Sewanee, Tenn., where he played quarterback for the Tigers.
- Finished college career at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (1992-95) where he was a running back for the Blazers. Received a BS degree in secondary education from UAB in 1995 and a Masters in 1998.
- Served UAB as a student assistant and graduate assistant from 1994-98. Coached offensive line, tight ends and running backs during that time.
- Served as offensive coordinator at Middle Georgia Junior College from 1998-2000. The Warriors were 27-8, won two NJCAA bowl games and had two top five national rankings during that time.
- Served as offensive coordinator at the University of West Alabama from 2001-04. At UWA, he coached two Harlon Hill South Regional finalists, three All-Americans, four All-South selections and four All-Gulf South Conference players.
- During Thornton’s time at UWA, the Tigers rewrote numerous school rushing, passing and receiving marks. Their offense ranked fourth nationally in 2002 and 12th in 2003. UWA finished with around 4,100 yards of total offense during those two years.
- Became offensive coordinator at Northwest Mississippi from 2005-07 before going to Southwest.
- He and his wife, Tonya, have three children: Andrew, Carson and Lizzie.