Charlottesville, Virginia (VA) – Tina Thompson’s tenure as head coach of the University of Virginia women’s basketball team is over after four seasons.
Thompson, a four-time WNBA champion and a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, received just 30-63 from the Cavaliers. who lost 61-53 on Wednesday night in the ACC tournament in Wake Forest. UVA topped 14-2 in the last 6:37 of the regulations to end the season with a total of 5-22 and 5-12 in the ACC.
She had one year left before her contract.
“Unfortunately, we have not achieved the success that this program expected and deserved,” said UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams. “I’m grateful to Coach Thompson for his efforts and I wish her all the best.”
Williams says the national search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Virginia is a decorated program with 25 NCAA tournaments, including three final fours (1990, 1991, and 1992) and a second-place finish at the NCAA in 1991. However, from 2010-2011 they played only once at the NCAA, Virginia Last Season Athletic Hall of Fame Debbie Ryan.
The Hoos last won the ACC regular season in 2000, and the last ACC championship tournament was in 1993.