Win Over Camels Was 400th of Volleyball Coach Cora Thompson's Career

MEDFORD - With her team's 3-0 victory over Connecticut College on Friday in Cousens Gym, women's volleyball head coach Cora Thompson earned her 400th win with the Jumbos.

The victory came in dominant fashion as Tufts won each set handily (25-16, 25-18, 25-10) and finished with 40 total kills compared to Connecticut College's 19. Senior Cate Desler posted 12 kills, a hitting percentage of .281, and 13 digs.

After taking over the head coaching position in 2002, Coach Thompson accumulated a 394-132 overall record in 18 seasons heading into this fall. This .749 win percentage is good for the NCAA's 19th-best winning percentage in Division III among active coaches. The mark put her 25th all-time among DIII women's volleyball leaders. Coach Thompson has now started her 19th season at the helm for Tufts, and the team's 6-1 record updates her winning percentage to .750 in 533 career matches.

Coach Thompson led the Jumbos to a terrific 2019 season where they put up a 10-0 conference record during the regular season, ultimately winning the NESCAC Championship. They would go on to finish the year with a 28-2 record, a trip to the second round of the NCAA Championship, and an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) national rank of 16th. Thompson was selected as both the NESCAC and AVCA Regional Coach of the Year for the 2019 season.

She was also the AVCA's Northeast Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and has earned the New England Women's Volleyball Association Coach of the Year honor four times (2019, 2016, 2008, 2004). She has received the NESCAC Coach of the Year honor three times in the last four seasons (2019, 2017, 2016) and earned it in back to back seasons in 2008 and 2009 after winning it for the first time in 2004.

After 400 wins and a plethora of achievements under her belt, Thompson and the Jumbos aim to continue their history of success as the 2021 season rolls on. The team will head to Springfield College next on Thursday, September 23rd.

Written by Tim O'Brien, Athletic Communications Intern