Name: Kelsea Thompson
Job title: East Coast Baseball Director
Hometown: Farmingdale, NY
Family: I was born and raised on Long Island, NY in Farmingdale. My mom, Christine Nelson, now resides in Van Etten, NY and is a school teacher. My dad, Gregg Thompson lives in Oyster Bay, NY and is a retired NYPD officer. I have two older siblings — Taylor Thompson (26) and Kaitlyn Woodland (28).
College attended/graduation: SUNY Oneonta (2019)
Sports background: I grew up as a multi-sport athlete. Starting out my athletic career, I was an elite gymnast with my sister, then I began playing travel soccer, basketball, tennis and track and field.
My proudest moment was ending up on the podium in front of my family and coaches my senior year of high school at the New York State Track and Field Championship for the pentathlon. I made it to the State Championship three years in a row and to finally medal my last season was icing on the cake. I was offered a DI track and field scholarship to Sacred Heart University where I competed in the heptathlon.
I transferred to SUNY Oneonta where I switched my athletic pursuits to rugby. Never playing the sport, I was happy to end my college career as an NSCRO Heart and Soul winner at Regionals in Wayne, Nebraska circa 2017. We were a student-led team so while we lost in regionals; making it all the way there and coming up shirt will always be my most humbling defeat. Since graduating I have coached women's rugby and still play as well.
Hobbies: Outside of work I enjoy playing rugby, pickleball, disc golf, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, trying new coffee shops and breweries, as well as hanging out with my two cats, Chicken and Nug.
Favorite trip: My favorite was going to Norway where most of my step family is based.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown?: I have been following Triple Crown for a while. During my senior year of college I started looking into different sports companies, trying to figure out where I wanted to intern and work in the future. I have always known I have wanted to work for a bigger sports organization that also focuses on the importance of family. When I saw the opening I knew I had to jump on it and take my shot.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: Everyone has a positive mindset to continue creating and growing high quality sporting events for a wide range of age levels. Triple Crown has shown over and over again it can keep breaking barriers and keep pushing more sports and events out while at a professional level, while maintaining a comfortable, safe and fun environment for all attendees including staff. I am thrilled to be joining the team!