Junior Quinn Gleason and sophomore Monica Robinson are driven to become doubles All-Americans in 2015.
The six-team tournament gets underway at 10 a.m. Friday at the Courtney Tennis Center.
Veteran tennis coach -- now in his 25th year directing the Notre Dame women's program -- has stressed family and team principles throughout his successful career.
Three-time ITA All-American starred for Notre Dame from 2003-07
Notre Dame v. Illinois
A standout player for head coach Jay Louderback from 2003-07, Thompson re-joined the Irish after working as an assistant coach at Boise State University for two seasons. In Thompson's first season as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Notre Dame qualified for its 19th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010.
After sweeping DePaul, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Notre Dame faced off against the host team and heavily favored Northwestern (ranked 16th). The match came down to the final court, where sophomore Julie Vrabel won her match against Nida Hamilton in a third set tiebreaker, putting the Irish up 4-3 over the Wildcats and advancing them to the Sweet 16 in Athens, Ga. The Irish fell to second seed Alabama, 4-2, in the round of 16.
In their first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Championship appearance, the Irish advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory over Boston College. Notre Dame then fell to second-seed Miami, 4-2. Following her performance at the ACC Championship, senior Britney Sanders was named third team all-ACC.
The Fighting Irish maintained a presence in the top 30 of the ITA poll throughout the 2013-14 season. Notre Dame opened the campaign ranked 21st in the country and finished at 19th, its highest ranking of the season.
The Irish concluded the regular season on a 7-0 run. Of those seven wins, Notre Dame swept Marquette, Wake Forest, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, 7-0.
Sophomore Quinn Gleason qualified for her first NCAA Singles Championship, where she advanced to the round of 32 with a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over Ellen Tsay of Stanford. She was the 16th different Notre Dame player since 1998 to earn an invitation to the NCAA singles draw. Gleason also qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Sanders. The pair advanced to the round of 16 after defeating Vanderbilt's Courtney Colton and Lauren Mira in three sets. The duo lost in the round of 16 to the tournament's third seed.
Gleason and Sanders also were named ITA Midwest award winners. Sanders was honored as the Midwest Senior Player of the Year and Gleason was the Midwest Player to Watch.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame staff, Thompson helped guide Boise State to a 13-10 record in 2013, earning ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Boise State players received a total of six all-Mountain West Conference citations during Thompson's tenure on head coach Beck Roghaar's staff.
Thompson began her collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Yale University during the 2010-11 season. The Bulldogs posted a 22-5 record and claimed the 2011 Ivy League Championship, ultimately reaching the second round of that year's NCAA Championship. Yale finished the season as the number 31 team in the final ITA rankings.
Following her collegiate playing career at Notre Dame, Thompson was a four-time doubles winner in professional events, claiming a pair of $10,000 tournaments (in St. Joseph, Mo. and Wichita, Kan.) during the summer of 2006. Thompson added pro doubles victories in Tampico, Mexico in 2007 and Houston, Texas in 2008. A United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certified teaching professional, Thompson also served as a tennis instructor at the Sutton East Tennis Club in New York City from 2008-11.
Thompson formed one of the most prolific doubles tandems in Notre Dame history alongside her twin sister Christian, reaching the number one position in the ITA doubles rankings during both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The duo won a program record 104 matches (104-41) over four seasons, becoming the only doubles team in Irish history to surpass the 100-win plateau. The Thompsons won the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championship in 2005, and were tournament runners-up in 2004 and 2006. They also reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Championship, the second-best showing at the event in Notre Dame history.
Thompson was a three-time doubles ITA All-American (2004-07), and was named the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2005 and 2006. She was a seven-time BIG EAST All-Tournament selection, claiming three singles honors (2004, 2005 and 2007) and copping a citation all four years she competed in the doubles ranks. Thompson added BIG EAST Academic All-Star distinction and was the women's tennis recipient of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award in 2004-05. She was a four-time monogram winner, and selected as a senior co-captain for the 2006-07 season.
A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Thompson graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from the Mendoza C`ollege of Business in 2007.