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Thompson Tabbed Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 08/03/2012
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DENVER - Christian Thompson will join the University of Denver women's tennis program as an assistant coach, fourth-year head coach Jeremy Wurtzman announced Friday.

Thompson joins the Pioneers after serving the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale. Thompson helped the Bulldogs to a 59-15 record, including a sparkling 18-3 mark in Ivy League play, three ECAC Indoor Team Championships and a pair of Ivy League titles. The Bulldogs also reached a program-best No. 18 ranking. Thompson, who was named Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, served as Yale's Interim Head Coach in the fall of 2011.

"We are very excited to add Christian Thompson to our coaching staff," Wurtzman said. "As a player, she has won at all levels and was ranked No. 1 in the country in doubles at both the junior and collegiate levels. Christian was also a successful pro player, competing on the WTA tour. As a coach, she brings a wealth of experience from her past three seasons at Yale. Christian will help tremendously with developing our players, as well as recruiting top players to DU."

She starred at Notre Dame from 2004-07. Thompson was a three-time All-American in doubles with her twin sister, Catrina Thompson, from 2005-07, and they were the top-ranked doubles team from 2005-06. The Thompson sisters captured the Riviera/ITA All-American doubles title in 2005 and finished second in 2004 and 2006, respectively. Christian Thompson was a five-time BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection.

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of the DU family and to work with Jeremy," Thompson said. "I intend to give my best effort to make the DU women's tennis team one of the best in the country."

Thompson also made her mark on the pro circuit, capturing a prize-money tournament in Ojai, Calif., in May 2009. She achieved WTA world rankings as high as No. 437 for doubles and No. 936 for singles. In the summer of 2008, Thompson won two $10,000 pro doubles tournaments in Tampico, Mexico, and Houston, Texas. She also won two $10,000 pro doubles events in St. Joseph, Mo., and Wichita, Kan., in the summer of 2006.

The Las Vegas native was inducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 along with Andre Agassi's father and first coach, Mike Agassi. Thompson attended Bishop Gorman High School, where she earned All-America honors all four years, going undefeated throughout her career. She helped Bishop Gorman to the Nevada state championship and won the doubles title. She was a three-time state champion and team MVP, winning conference and regional titles on four occasions.

--EXPERIENCE DENVER ATHLETICS--

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