In returning to William and Mary in 2012, Tyler Thomson produced a revival of the Tribe program. After winning just six matches the season prior to his arrival in Williamsburg, Thomson has guided the Green and Gold to Colonial Athletic Association Championships in two of his three seasons. W&M earned a season-high national ranking inside the top 30 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Over his three seasons at the helm of the Tribe program, Thomson owns a 37-28 mark to bring his career dual-match win total to 148. Under his tutelage, 12 Tribe players earned All-CAA honors in singles and five doubles teams garnered All-CAA accolades. In both 2013 and 2015, Thomson coached the CAA Player of the Year, the CAA Freshman of the Year and the Most Outstanding Performer of the CAA Championship.
For the second straight season, Thomson’s charges earned a ranking in the national top 30, coming in at a season-best No. 28 on Feb. 24, 2015. The Green and Gold went on to finish the campaign at 16-7, culminating in the program’s 23rd CAA title. W&M capped the season among the national top 50 (No. 49) for the second time in three seasons, including an ITA Atlantic regional ranking of No. 3. Leeza Nemchinov enjoyed one of the best seasons in Tribe history, setting the program mark for singles winning percentage (.871) with a 27-4 mark. She wrapped up the season at No. 65 nationally in singles along with competing in the NCAA Singles Championship and being named the CAA Player of the Year. Jeltje Loomans joined Nemchinov at the NCAA Individual Championships as the duo competing in the doubles draw and eventually finished the season at No. 50 nationally. Loomans became just the fourth player in W&M history to advance to the NCAA Individual Championships during each of her four seasons. In total, five players earned All-CAA honors in either singles and doubles for the Green and Gold in 2015.
In 2012-13, the Tribe posted a 17-6 overall record, including impressive wins over No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 30 South Carolina. The Green and Gold captured the CAA Championship with a 4-0 win over UNCW in Williamsburg on April 21 to clinch a spot in its 19th NCAA Tournament. Under his guidance, W&M finished the season ranked No. 44 nationally and No. 4 in the ITA Atlantic Region. For his efforts, Thomson was named the CAA Coach of the Year. Thomson saw W&M garner NCAA Individual Championship appearances in both singles and doubles in 2013. Maria Belaya took part in the singles event, while her and Jeltje Loomans, who finished the year ranked No. 13 nationally, advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Doubles Championship.
In his 14-year career as a head coach, Thomson has coached seven singles players and seven doubles teams that finished the year in the ITA National Rankings. His players have earned a total of 27 all-league honors. Thomson-coached players have been named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for their success in the classroom on 55 occasions over his 14 years and 13 of his teams have garnered ITA All-Academic Team awards, producing a GPA of better than 3.2.
Thomson was named the ninth head women's tennis coach in Tribe history on June 21, 2012. An assistant at W&M from 1997-01, he spent 11 years as the head coach at the University of Minnesota before returning to Williamsburg. During his tenure with the Golden Gophers, Thomson led Minnesota to 111 victories, including the program's first Big Ten regular season crown in 2003.
Five times over his final six seasons at Minnesota, Thomson led the Golden Gophers to a spot in the final national rankings. In 2011-12, Minnesota finished the season ranked No. 39 nationally and started the campaign a program-best 12-1, including a triumph over W&M on Feb. 3. Minnesota finished the season with 16 victories, including nine against nationally-ranked opponents, and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. On Feb. 19, 2012, Thomson reached a coaching milestone with his 100th career victory as Minnesota upset No. 46 N.C. State, 5-2, in Raleigh, N.C.
In just his second season at the helm of the Golden Gopher program, Thomson, who was the fifth head women's tennis coach in Minnesota history, led the program to a 9-1 regular season league record and its first Big Ten regular season crown in 2003. The Gophers advanced to the championship match of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament before finishing with an 18-7 mark. For his efforts, Thomson was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year. During the regular season, Minnesota snapped No. 17-ranked Northwestern's 29-match Big Ten winning streak on the way to the regular season crown. In 2004, Thomson coached two-time All-Big Ten selection Angela Buergis to a spot in the NCAA Singles Championship and a final national ranking of No. 70.
During Thomson's tenure at Minnesota, six singles players and four doubles teams finished the year in the ITA National Rankings, and on 10 occasions a Golden Gopher player was named to the All-Big Ten team. Along with the success on the court, Thomson's teams succeeded in the classroom. The Minnesota women's tennis program routinely accumulated one of the highest team grade point averages in the athletics department, and on three occasions (2002, 2009 and 2010) received the school's Academic Award for the highest GPA among women's sports. In total, 44 of Thomson's players were named an ITA Scholar-Athlete for their success in the classroom, and as a team, the Gopher earned ITA All-Academic Team awards in 10 of Thomson's 11 seasons, producing a GPA of better than 3.2.
Thomson is no stranger to Tribe tennis, having served as an assistant coach for the women's program for four seasons. During his time in Williamsburg, the Tribe won three Colonial Athletic Association Championships (1998, 1999 and 2000) and advanced NCAA Tournament on three occasions, including a quarterfinal finish in 1998. Thomson assisted in developing three All-Americans, six ITA Scholar-Athlete All-Americans and 10 ITA nationally-ranked players during his Green and Gold tenure. Following the 1999 season, Thomson was named the ITA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the national assistant coach of the year award.
During the 2008-09 season, Thomson was honored as one of the nation's top teaching pros by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association as the recipient of the Northern Division Women's College Coach of the Year award. He holds a rating of Professional 1, which is the highest rating given by the USPTA. He was selected to participate in the USTA's High Performance Continuing Education Program at the 2008 U.S. Open in New York City and also took part in the program in 2006 while becoming a USPTA specialist in competitive player development.
Thomson spent one season as an assistant coach at Allegheny College (Pa.) prior to joining W&M in 1997. He was a four-year starter during his playing days at the University of Montana. Thomson earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Montana in 1993. A Bismarck, N.D., native, he earned All-America honors in 1989 as a senior at Bismarck High School.
Thomson and his wife, Amy, have two children, a daughter, Bryter (9), and a son, Lincoln (6).