Thornton began a promising career at the University of Illinois before transferring to become a standout Offensive Lineman at Illinois State University. It was there he got the coaching bug to and has gone onto be a hot coach in the HS ranks according to Rivals.com. Thornton is responsible for turning around two Illinois HS football programs turning them into competitive powers. He is currently the head coach at Peoria High School in IL. He will bring his assistant coach.