Thomas Returns to Alma Mater as Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
June 1, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack announced Wednesday the hiring of Whitney Thomas as IU's new assistant coach. Thomas will begin her new role with the Hoosier program on Thursday, June 9.
"The family atmosphere is very important to the growth of our program and building that foundation, and bringing Whitney back in a full capacity as an assistant coach is a tremendous get," Legette-Jack said. "We are excited that Whitney will be a part of this program moving forward and I think the Hoosier Nation is going to see that we are committed to keeping our Hoosiers home in every capacity that we can. So we are thrilled that Whitney will continue to be a part of our Hoosier family."
Thomas, born and raised in Bloomington, will remain with her alma mater after serving as the team's video coordinator during the 2010-11 season. Prior to last season, she served as a student assistant coach for IU during the 2010 spring semester.
Thomas also played for the Indiana women's basketball team where she finished her career as one of the most accomplished players in program history. She is the only Hoosier to ever surpass 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career steals and is just the second player all-time to eclipse 1,000 points and rebounds.
"I am very eager to begin my new role with the Indiana women's basketball program," Thomas said. "Having grown up in Bloomington and playing for IU, it is very rewarding knowing I will continue to represent a community and a university that has given me so much. I look forward to helping this program grow into something special."
A graduate of Bloomington North High School, Thomas started in 130 of the 131 games she played in at Indiana and finished her collegiate career with 1,240 points, 1,090 rebounds, 258 assists, 237 steals and 73 blocked shots. She ranks second all-time in career steals and rebounds, eighth in career blocked shots and 15th in career points. Her 288 rebounds in 2008-09 ranks third in the single-season record book and her 19 rebounds at Cincinnati on Dec. 20, 2007, ranks ninth in Indiana single-game history. She also owns 32 career double-doubles, which ranks fourth all-time in program history.
Taking over Thomas' role as video coordinator is Seth Tackett, who began working in a full-time role with Indiana in May. Tackett previously assisted the IU women's team in video production with games, practices and highlight videos during the 2010-11 season. He also served as a production assistant for Community Access Television Services (CATS) in Bloomington for the past three years. A native of Beford, Ind., Tackett graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and a second degree as a double major in criminal justice and sociology.
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