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WNBA legend Thompson joins Texas coaching staff

Posted May 18th, 2015

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Tina Thompson, the first pick of the inaugural WNBA draft, is the newest member of the Texas coaching staff.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time WNBA champion, she was added to head coach Karen Aston’s staff on Monday. She replaces Jalie Mitchell, who recently became head coach of the University of North Texas.

“I love coach Aston’s passion and her good will, in the sense that she absolutely cares,” Thompson said. “It is about creating opportunities for young women who can be successful in basketball and long after their playing career.”

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PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 03:  Tina Thompson #32 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on September 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mercury defeated the Sparks 93-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 03: Tina Thompson #32 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on September 3, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Sparks 93-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Thompson ended her career in 2013 as the leading scorer in WNBA history.

Throughout her 17-year professional playing career, Thompson was a four-time WNBA champion with the Houston Comets (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), a member of the WNBA All-Decade team, an eight-time All-WNBA team selection, a nine-time WNBA All-Star, and the WNBA All-Star MVP.

After 12 seasons in Houston, the Los Angeles native returned to her hometown in 2009 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks. She became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer on August 8, 2010, scoring her 6,264th career point to pass Lisa Leslie — a former teammate of Thompson’s at the high school, college and professional levels.

Thompson ended her professional career with the Seattle Storm in 2013 and still stands as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 7,488 points in 496 games played (15.1 ppg).

She is a 1997 graduate of the University of Southern California.

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