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Christian Thompson

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Notre Dame


07/31/2014

Get To Know Women's Tennis Coach Christian Thompson

Get To Know Women's Tennis Coach Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson begins her third season as the head coach of the Denver women's tennis program in 2015-16. Thompson has led the Pioneers to back-to-back Summit League Championship titles and two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

In the 2014-15 campaign the Pioneers saw the Pioneers roll to the Summit League regular season and tournament crowns, downing South Dakota State, 4-0. With an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Pioneers squared off against the Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels would get the best of the Pioneers. Thompson led Denver to a 15-9 record and a perfect 7-0 Summit League record.

Denver earned five All-Summit League selections as Thompson returned the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament. Thompson is 11-0 in Summit League matches with four more wins in the Summit League postseason tournament.

The 2013-14 season saw Denver post a 14-9 record and notch a perfect 6-0 Summit League record. Thompson led the Pioneers to a faceoff against the Rice Owls in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Owls would best the Pioneers, 4-0.

Christian Thompson was named head coach of the University of Denver women's tennis program in June 2013. Thompson was an assistant coach on the DU women's tennis staff from August 2012 through June 2013 and helped guide the Pioneers to an overall record of 14-9 in 2013-14, including a Summit League Conference Championship and an NCAA Team Appearance.

Thompson initially joined the Pioneers after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale. Thompson led the Bulldogs to a 59-15 record during that span, 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 Ivy League Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010, served as Yale's interim head coach in the fall of 2011.

As a player, Thompson starred at Notre Dame from 2004-07. She was a three-time All-America choice in doubles along with her twin sister, Catrina Thompson, from 2005-07. The siblings were the top-ranked doubles tandem nationally in 2005 and 2006. The Thompson sisters captured the Riviera/ITA All-America doubles title in 2005 and finished second overall in 2004 and 2006. Christian Thompson also was a five-time BIG EAST All-Tournament Team selection. Thompson went on to make her mark on the pro circuit, achieving WTA world rankings as high as No. 437 in doubles and No. 936 in singles. The Las Vegas native was inducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.

Thompson attended Bishop Gorman High School, where she earned All-America honors all four years, posting an undefeated recorded during her entire prep career. Thompson guided Bishop Gorman to a 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.

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