|EMCC's Sharon Thompson selected as court coach for USA Basketball Team Trials|
SCOOBA – On the heels of guiding the East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball program to the national tournament for the first time since 1978, EMCC’s Sharon Thompson has been selected to serve as a court coach during the 2009 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials, as announced Friday by USA Basketball.
The trials will be held May 14-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Along with Russ Davis of Vanguard University (Calif.), Thompson will work with the approximately 60 athletes who will be vying for spots on the 2009 USA U19 World Championship and USA World University Games squads.
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to be invited to work with such a prestigious organization as USA Basketball,” Thompson said. “I see this as a great learning experience and an opportunity to better myself as a young coach. Working with USA Basketball will be an experience that I will never forget.”
In her fourth season as head coach of the Lady Lions and eighth year overall with the EMCC women’s basketball program, Thompson guided this past year’s club to a 25-7 overall record and 11-1 MACJC North Division mark as divisional champions. In claiming the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament title at Mississippi College in Clinton, the 2008-09 Lady Lions earned one of 16 berths in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship held in Salina, Kan. For her coaching efforts this past season, Thompson collected 2008-09 NJCAA Division I/District O Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year honors as well as being tabbed the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
A native of Geiger, Ala., Thompson starred collegiately at Mississippi State University, earning first-team all-SEC plaudits as a senior in 1997-98. In 2005, she was selected into the SEC Greats Program for her playing contributions at MSU. With a master’s degree in physical education from the University of West Alabama, Thompson played professionally in the American Basketball League and the Italian Basketball League before beginning her coaching career in 2001.
The 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship will take place July 23-August 2 in Bangkok, Thailand. University of Northern Illinois head coach Carol Owens has been named head coach of the 2009 U19 World Championship team, while Amanda Butler of the University of Florida and Bill Fennelly of Iowa State University will serve as assistant coaches.
The women’s basketball competition of the 2009 World University Games will take place July 1-12 in Belgrade, Serbia. Arizona State University’s Charli Turner Thorne has been tabbed as head coach of the 2009 World University Games team, with Suzy Merchant of Michigan State University and Pepperdine University’s Julie Rousseau joining her as assistant coaches.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 08 May 2009 )|
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