Prior to 2012, Tyler Thomson served as head coach of the University of Minnesota women's tennis program for 11 seasons, guiding his team to success both on and off the court. He led the Golden Gophers to 111 victories, including the program's first Big Ten regular season crown in 2003.
During Thomson's tenure, the women's tennis program has achieved outstanding success in the classroom, while also enjoying plenty of accomplishments on the court. The Gophers have had the highest grade point average of any small women's sport at Minnesota each of the past two years, while also spending all of both seasons in the national rankings. Minnesota had at least eight players with over a 3.0 grade point average each of the past two seasons.
Thomson's squad finished 10-14 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten in 2009-10 against one of its toughest schedules in recent history that included 10 matches against teams that reached the NCAA tournament. Minnesota posted wins over NCAA tournament qualifiers Iowa and Wichita State and played a highly-competitive slate with 10 matches decided by 4-3 scores. Junior Alessandra Ferrazzi earned all-Big Ten honors and senior Tijana Koprivica concluded her career ranked fourth on the school's all-time wins list. A four-year starter during his playing days at the University of Montana, Thomson came to Minnesota after previously serving as the assistant coach at College of William & Mary for four seasons and at Allegheny College (Pa.) for one year.
Thomson was honored during the 2008-09 season as one of the nation's top teaching pros by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association as the recipient of the Northern Division Women's College Coach of the Year award. Thomson holds a rating of Professional 1, which is the highest rating given by the USPTA. He was selected to participate in the USTA's High Performance Continuing Education Program at the 2008 U.S. Open in New York City. Thomson also participated in the program in 2006 while becoming a USPTA specialist in competitive player development.
Among his other individual honors, Thomson received the ITA East Region's assistant coach of the year award among 82 regional teams in 1999. A member of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association, he was also a finalist for the 1999 ITA national assistant Coach of the Year award.
Thomson was the head coach when Minnesota opened its beautiful on-campus facility, the Baseline Tennis Center, in 2002-03. The facility features 10 indoor courts and 12 outdoor courts. He led the Golden Gophers to the 2003 NCAA tournament and also coached Angela Buergis to an individual berth in the 2004 NCAA tournament. At William & Mary, he was part of three NCAA tournament teams, including a quarterfinal finish in 1998. Thomson coached three All-Americans, six ITA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans and 10 nationally-ranked players.
A Bismarck, N.D. native, Thomson earned All-America honors in 1989 as a senior at Bismarck High School. At Montana, he was a four-year starter in doubles, an eventual singles starter and team captain for the Grizzlies. Thomson earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Montana in 1993.