Lauren Thomer will enter her third season as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Yale University women’s basketball team.
During her first two seasons on Chris Gobrecht's staff, Thomer has played an instrumental role in establishing Yale as a contender for the Ivy League championship, helping to guide the Bulldogs to a pair of fourth-place finishes. Yale went 13-15 in 2012-13 with an 8-6 mark in Ivy League and followed that up with a 13-15 record in 2013-14 and 7-7 mark in Ivy League play.
During her time at Yale, Thomer has coached two players who have competed on the international level in Megan Vasquez, who was a part of Puerto Rico's attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, and Janna Graf, who led Germany's U-20 squad to a second-place finish in the European Championships.
While at Yale, Thomer has coached a two-time All-Ivy League First Team selection (Sarah Halejian, 2013-14 & 2012-13) and two All-Ivy Honorable Mention players (Vasquez, 2012-13; Graf, 2012-13). She brings eight years of coaching experience that are highlighted by seven winning seasons, four conference championships, nine All-Conference players, six 1,000-point scorers, and overall record of 157-79 as a head coach and an assistant.
Thomer arrived at Yale after three seasons as the head women’s basketball coach at Manhattanville College (Division III), where she guided the Valiants to a 45-32 record over three seasons, which included consecutive Freedom Conference regular-season championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11. In just three seasons at Manhattanville, Thomer moved into third-place on the program’s career victories list. In her first two seasons, she posted the second-most wins by a coach in their first two seasons in program history.
During her tenure at Manhattanville, Thomer coached two 1,000-point scorers in Courtney Turner (2011-12) and Simona Gordon (2010-11), a D3Hoops.com All-Region honoree and MBWA All-Metropolitan honoree in Carey Hickey in 2010-11, in addition to three All-Freedom Conference First Team honorees in Hickey (2010-11), Simona Gordon (2010-11 & 2009-10) and two All-Freedom Conference Second Team award winners in Hickey (2009-10) and Turner (2009-10).
Thomer had a tremendous debut season as a head coach with the Valiants in 2009-10, earning Freedom Conference Coach of the Year honors while leading her squad to the Freedom Conference regular-season championship — the first regular-season conference title in school history and the first conference title of any type for Manhattanville since 1981-82. In all, Manhattanville posted an overall record of 19-8 and a 12-2 Freedom Conference record, marking the fourth-most wins in a single season in program history and the most by a Valiant team since 1983-84. The team’s 12 conference wins also marked the most conference wins ever by a Manhattanville women’s basketball team.
Following a successful first season, Thomer led the Valiants to a second straight Freedom Conference regular-season title in 2010-11, finishing the year with a 17-9 overall record and 10-4 Freedom Conference mark. In 2011-12, the Valiants finished the season with a 9-15 record, which included a 6-3 mark on their home floor and three wins in their last four games.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at Manhattanville, Thomer served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the U.S. Military Academy, where she spent three years working under head coach Dave Magarity. Thomer served as an assistant coach at Army for two seasons, helping the team to a 37-24 record over that span. During her time at Army, she helped develop the winningest senior class in Army’s history, and she mentored four players who earned a total of seven All-Patriot League awards. Prior to that stint, Thomer served as head women’s basketball coach at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) for one season, guiding the program to its first 4-0 record against the other service academy prep schools.
Thomer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Journalism in 2004 from Rider University, where she was the Broncs’ point guard for four seasons. She was a three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team selection and received the team’s Academic Excellence award as a senior. She also earned her Master of Education degree in Kinesiology and Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2006.
While earning her master’s degree at Virginia, Thomer successfully balanced coaching duties on two different basketball teams. As the head coach for the University of Virginia’s club basketball team, she led the squad to a 46-6 record over two seasons and the 2005 East Coast Women’s Club Championship. At the same time, Thomer was the top assistant coach at the prominent St. Anne’s Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va., mentoring several future Division I players as the squad won a conference title and placed fifth in the Virginia State Tournament.