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Chris Thompson
Position: Associate Athletic Director Student Services
Alma Mater: Sam Houston
Graduating Year: 1980
Phone: 936 294-3542
Email: cthompson@shsu.edu

Chris Thompson serves as associate athletic director for student services and senior women's administrator for the Sam Houston State University athletic department.

Thompson’s areas of responsibility include Title IX/Gender Equity coordinator; Title IX/Sexual Misconduct coordinator; student-athlete welfare; eligibility certification; student-athlete affairs course instruction and liaison with the SHSU student-athlete advisory committee, FAR/Athletic Advisory Council and SHSU Lettermen’s and Women’s Letter-Winner assocations.

Thompson serves as CHAMPS/Life Skills ccordinator, directing a comprehensive program that assists freshman student-athletes in their transition year and provides a solid foundation for their years at Sam Houston State University.

A native of Springtown, TX, she received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Sam Houston State. Thompson came to Huntsville as a transfer from Weatherford Junior College, playing tennis for the Bearkats in 1979 and '80. As a senior, she was the team's "Most Valuable Player" and a finalist for Texas AIAW "Athlete-of-the-Year."

In 1981-82, she became the first full-time tennis coach at Sam Houston, directing both the men's and women's programs. She was one of only five women to coach an NCAA men's team. In her 16 years of coaching, she produced 9 individual conference champions, three Academic All-Americans, two freshmen of the year and was twice named Conference "Coach of the Year."

In 1997, she moved into athletic administration as Associate Athletic Director for Student Services. In the 13 years since, she has touched the lives of every Bearkat student-athlete as well as making an impact on the Huntsville community

Thompson has been honored as a Distinguished Physical Education Alumni and received the Sam Houston Alumni Service Award and the Sammy Award as Outstanding Advisor. Her husband Robert was an All-American and national medalist for the Bearkats NAIA national championship golf teams. In December, 2010, Thompson was inducted into the Sam Houston Women's Letterwinners Association Hall of Honor.

Robert was an All-American and national medalist for the Bearkats NAIA national championship golf teams. The pair have a son, Kyle.

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