Thurnhoffer has spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Loyola University Chicago and the previous 18 seasons as Division I coach in Chicago. He specialized in long sprints, jumps, hurdles, and throws during that time.
At Loyola Chicago, he guided his athletes to 35 school records and over 80 school-record performances, 65 conference titles, over 120 conference top-three finishes, 20 conference specialty award winners, while overseeing six Horizon League records, 34 NCAA First Round Qualifiers, three NCAA Final Qualifiers, and took part in ten team conference top-two finishes.
Not only did he propel his team in their athletic pursuits but also academically. During his tenure as head coach, the program’s academic achievements maintained its prowess, with 32 USTFCCCA All-Academic team members, nine named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Teams, and two (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans.