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Christian Thompson

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nevada

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Notre Dame


12/12/2017

Women’s Tennis Announces Captains for 2018 Seaso

Seniors Julia O’Loughlin and Gracia Mboko will lead the team this year

07/31/2014

Get To Know Women's Tennis Coach Christian Thompson

Get To Know Women's Tennis Coach Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Denver women's tennis program in 2017-18. During her tenure, the two-time Summit League Coach of the Year has led the Pioneers to four-consecutive Summit League Championship titles and four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

After being honored as 2016 Summit League Coach of the Year, Thompson defended her award the following season, leading the Pioneers to a 19-7 record and a 6-0 mark in conference play during the 2016-2017 season. Denver defeated South Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament, 4-0, for the third-consecutive year and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The Pioneers defeated USC, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA tournament before falling, 4-1, to Texas Tech in the second round. Denver's Morgan Slattery was recognized as Summit League Player of the Year and the school had six players named to the All-Summit League team. Thompson won her second honor as Summit League Coach of the Year. 

The 2015-2016 season saw Denver finish with a 21-3 overall mark and a 6-0 record in the Summit League. The regular season performance provided the Pioneers momentum to top South Dakota State, 4-0, in the Summit League tournament and consequently earn their third-consecutive bid in the NCAA Tournament. Denver fell to Texas A&M, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but the Pioneers successful season earned Thompson recognition as Summit League Coach of the Year, Julia O'Laughlin recognition as Summit League Player of the Year and Bianca Mok recognition as Summit League Newcomer of the Year. In addition to the individual awards, Denver had four players named to the All-Summit League team. Following the season, Thompson signed a six-year extension with the program. 

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. The Pioneers were recognized with five All-Summit League players following the 2014-2015 campaign, more than any other school in the conference. 

The 2013-14 season saw Denver post a 14-9 record and notch a perfect 6-0 Summit League record. After leading the Pioneers past Fort Wayne with a 4-0 victory in the Summit League tournament, 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. Denver had six players named to the All-Summit League team. 

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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