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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 oversees academic services and NCAA compliance for the Sam Houston State athletic department as the University's athletic certification officer.

She directs Sam Houston State's athletic academic support program. As the athletic administrator responsible of the SHSU Bearkat Learning Enhancement Center, she oversses the computer lab and the advisement center, working with all student-athletes on class schedules, tutors, degree plan selection, career selection, and academic advisement. She and her staff also compiles team grade point averages.

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.

She serves as advisor for the SHSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Bearkat Mentor Program.

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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