|Born||March 9, 1947|
|Alma mater||Texas Christian University|
|Track & Field|
|Position(s)||Wide Receiver, Defensive Back|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Bubba Thornton (born March 9, 1947) was the Texas Longhorns men's track and field coach at the University of Texas at Austin from 1996 to 2013. He is also the former head coach for the USA Track & Field team for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
Thornton graduated from Texas Christian University ("TCU") in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He participated in varsity football and track and field at TCU. After graduating, he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 14th round of the 1969 American Football League draft and started as a rookie wide receiver. He began his coaching career at Keller High School where he served as the athletics director and head football coach from 1977 - 1981.
In 1982, he became head coach of track and field at TCU where he coached 72 NCAA All-Americans and his men's team had five NCAA Top 10 finishes (1983, ’87, ’88, ’89 and ’91) and 11 Top 20 finishes. He also coached the TCU team to 39 major relay titles, including five NCAA 400-meter relay championships (1986, ’87, ’89, ’91 and ’95) and the 1983 1,600-meter relay national title.
In 1996, Thornton was hired as the head coach for the men's track and field team at UT. In 17 seasons, his team as finished in the top 15 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships 13 times, including finishing in the top five four times. He has coached the UT team to 19 top 10 NCAA finishes and 11 Big 12 conference titles (six indoor, five outdoor) and 1 Southwest Conference outdoor title.
Thornton has also served as a coach in the following capacities:
Thornton retired in 2013. He was Inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.