Thigpin joins the Dixie State coaching family after one year as an assistant coach at Pacific West Conference rival, Fresno Pacific, and four years coaching at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif. She brings to Saint George a wealth of experience both as a coach and a player.
“She already knows the conference, she knows the competition and she knows what we need to bring in to help us win the conference,” Turner said. “Her strength is working with the post players, so that will compliment our staff well.”
As the head coach at Buchanan in 2009-10, she led the team to a 22-7 record (the most wins in school history), reaching the final four of the Central (CA) Section playoffs. In addition to three years of head coaching experience at Buchanan, Thigpin was program director for eight years of the Hanford Heat AAU team.
A graduate of Fresno State, Thigpin played one season with the Bulldogs after spending three seasons playing in the Pac-10 at Arizona State. She appeared in every game for ASU in her sophomore and junior seasons, as well as all 30 games for Fresno State as a senior. In the 2003-04 season, she scored 18 points in 15 minutes to lead the Sun Devils to an upset win over seventh-ranked Stanford.
“Her background is in Division I, so she played at the highest levels,” Turned added. “I’m excited to see what she will bring to our team with her knowledge and experience.”
Thigpin had a sensational career at Hanford High School, where she was the 2002 Visalia Times-Delta Player of the Year and a finalist for the McDonald's and Women's Basketball Coach Association All-American teams. She earned first-team all-state Division II honors and was a member of the all-state third team as a senior.