PURCHASE, N.Y. Manhattanville College womens basketball head coach Lauren Thomer stepped down from that position to accept a job as the top assistant at Yale University, according to Manhattanville athletic director Keith Levinthal.
"I am forever grateful for the opportunity Keith gave me to lead this program over the past three years, Thomer said. It has been a great journey and learning experience. It's a bittersweet time and never easy to say goodbye, but I wish our players all the best, thank them for their efforts, and congratulate them on all of their accomplishments. I feel confident that this team will continue to grow and experience great success next season.
Thomer led the Valiants to a 45-32 (.584) record in her three seasons, including two first-place regular season finishes in the Freedom Conference. She earned Coach of the Year honors in the conference in her first season, in which the team went 19-8 overall and 12-2 in the conference. The 19 wins were the second-most by a first-year coach and fourth-highest overall in school history.
Thomer led the team to the first regular season conference title in school history in her first year in 2009-10 and did so again in her second year with a 17-9 overall record and 10-4 record in the conference. The Valiants defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since 1982 and also had the first D3Hoops.com All-Region selection in team history during that two year stretch.
Thomer finished her career with the third-most wins in Manhattanville history.
Levinthal said he knew Thomer would depart the Valiants sooner or later.
When I hire coaches like Lauren, I do so knowing that talented people like her are eventually going to move on, Levinthal said. It has been our department philosophy to bring in young, skilled coaches and allow them to develop their crafts toward moving up the professional ranks. Lauren certainly did that here and for the last three years our basketball program was the beneficiary.
Yale finished last season with a 16-12 record and made the Womens National Invitational Tournament two seasons ago.
Lauren's passion for the game and the coaching profession will be missed, but we wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on the next stage of her career, Levinthal said.
Levinthal said he will conduct a nationwide search to replace Thomer.
From a report by Manhattanville College Athletics
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