She helped guide the Pioneers to an overall record of 18-4 in 2012-13, including an unblemished mark of 8-0 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action and a berth in the WAC Tournament Finals.
“We are very excited about having someone with the qualifications and background that Christian brings to the table leading the University of Denver women’s tennis program,” Bradley-Doppes said. “Her experience as an assistant and head coach at Yale, in addition to her outstanding playing career at Notre Dame, makes her the ideal candidate to take the program to the next level. Christian was a driving force behind the team’s success last season and we feel she is the perfect person to continue to lead the continuous elevation of the DU women’s tennis program.”
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.
“I am honored to be selected as the next head coach of the University of Denver women’s tennis program,” Thompson said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the outstanding student athletes at DU. This past season, we had an exciting run with an 18-4 record. Our success was due to the hard work and camaraderie of our players as well as the support of the DU administration and Denver tennis community. Jeremy Wurtzman has done a remarkable job as head coach at Denver for the past four years and I will do my best to continue to contribute to the success of this program.”
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.