Jacob Thigpen joined the Earlham College men's and women's tennis program has an assistant coach prior to the 2017-18 season.
Thigpen comes to Earlham from Staten Island, New York, where he spent the last year as a sales consultant for an Exxon Mobil distribution company. Prior to that, Thigpen spent four years as a men's tennis player at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a Duck, he was a two-time All-Empire 8 selection in doubles as well as garnering Honorable Mention All-Empire 8 honors in singles as a senior. Thigpen was also a part of four conference championship team.
While at Stevens, Thigpen was president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as serving as a student representative on the Athletics Promotional Committee as a senior. He graduated from Stevens in 2016 with a degree in chemical engineering.
Thipgen resides in Richmond.