June 21, 2012
University of Minnesota women's tennis coach Ty Thomson was announced today as the head women's tennis coach at William and Mary. Thomson was an assistant coach at William and Mary from 1997-2001 before leading the Golden Gophers.
Thomson served as head coach of the Gophers for 11 seasons and compiled 111 wins, which included 35 in the Big Ten. He posted his 100th career win on Feb. 19, 2012, when the unranked Gophers upset No. 46 North Carolina State 5-2 on the road.
A national search to replace Thomson will begin shortly.
"The relationships and memories that were forged during my time at Minnesota will last throughout my life," said Thomson. "I feel privileged to have learned and laughed with so many amazing colleagues. I will forever feel indebted to Chris Voelz, Regina Sullivan, Rick Aberman, Scott Ellison and Joel Maturi for their support of my professional growth and belief in me as a person. I want to thank Luciano Battaglini and Daria Panova for their loyalty and devoted teamwork as assistant coaches and David Geatz and Geoff Young for their fellowship and guidance.
"But most of all, I would like to thank the student-athletes with whom I practiced, played, taught and learned from during the past 11 years. The tenacity and heart that they poured into their efforts as teammates, competitors and developing human beings inspired me and gave me joy every day."
Thomson led the Gophers to a 16-9 record (5-6 Big Ten) during the 2011-12 season and guided his squad to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. Minnesota, which began the season with a program-best 12-1 start, finished the year ranked No. 39 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
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