Texas has hired one of the greatest players in WNBA history, Tina Thompson, to be their next assistant coach, per multiple reports. Thompson's named should be very familiar to those in the Lone Star State, as she was a star for the now-defunct Houston Comets.
Here is some of the release:
"It feels great to be a Longhorn," Thompson said. "The tradition of pursing excellence at UT is very much how I live my life. I love coach Aston's passion and her good will, in the sense that she absolutely cares; it is about creating opportunities for young women who can be successful in basketball and long after their playing career. I'm really excited start working with a dynamic staff that is fully dedicated to the pursuit of excellence for our student-athletes and the program."
Thompson arrives at the Forty Acres after a trailblazing career in the WNBA, in which she began as the first overall draft pick in 1997 and ended as the league's all-time leading scorer in 2013.
"Tina is incredibly respected and recognized as one of the greats in our game, and to have her bring her knowledge and passion to the Forty Acres is an absolute home run for Texas Basketball," Aston said. "In fact, this may just be our best recruiting job thus far at Texas. Her legacy includes championships and success at every level.
"As she brings her world champion and gold medal experiences to Texas, her ability to teach and mentor our players on the 'how-tos' of being successful on and off the court will resonate with them on a daily basis. I am truly excited for the opportunity to work with Tina and have her beside us all as we continue to move Texas back to national prominence."
Thompson has many acclaims: four-time WNBA champion and two-time Olympic Gold medalist. She replaces Jalie Mitchell, who left to become the head coach at North Texas, her alma mater.