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Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Charli Turner Thorne
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Stanford '88
Experience: 18 Years

• The winningest coach in Sun Devil women’s basketball history and No. 2 in the Pac-12 in most career wins (380), Charli Turner Thorne is at the helm of an Arizona State program that has made it to the postseason 16 of the last 17 years, including a school record five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-09), two Elite Eight appearances and a pair of Sweet 16 finishes. ASU’s 11 NCAA Tournament appearances under Turner Thorne are eight more than what ASU had in the 15 years prior to her arrival in Tempe. Has also earned a pair of gold medals with USA Basketball.

• Was named the 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year (coaches and media), the second time she has been recognized with the honor (2001), after leading the Sun Devils to their second regular season Pac-12 championship. ASU would go on to earn its highest NCAA Tournament seed (No. 2) in program history. In 2016 ASU has also tied the program records for most conference wins (16) and consecutive wins (15) and set the program record for most road wins (11).

• Turner Thorne, who will be entering her 20th season at ASU in 2016-17, recorded the 400th victory of her career (includes 40 wins at Northern Arizona) on Dec. 14, 2015 (at Hartford).

• In 2014-15 Turner Thorne led ASU to 29 wins (second-highest total in school history), a second-place finish in the Pac-12 and a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The 2014-15 Sun Devils posted the best overall start (18-1) and conference start (7-0) in school history and reached 20 wins faster than any other squad (22 games).

• Since the 1996-97 season, Turner Thorne’s first season at ASU, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in the number of first-team All-Academic conference awards (19) and the combined number of first- and second-team All-Academic conference awards (40). In 2014-15 ASU’s team GPA (3.558) was No. 7 on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) 2015 Academic Honor Roll.

• In 2013-14, ASU recorded its 10th 20-win season (23) and its ninth NCAA Tournament berth since 2000-01. The Sun Devils advanced to the second round of the Tournament, the seventh time under Turner Thorne the Sun Devils have been among the final 32 teams or better.

• Earned her 300th win as ASU’s head coach on Jan. 25, 2013. Turner Thorne joined current Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer and former Washington/USC head coach Chris Gobrecht as the only other coaches to earn at least 300 wins while coaching in the Pac-10/12. ASU’s 63-60 triumph over No. 20 Syracuse on Dec. 30, 2013 was the 313th win at ASU for Turner Thorne, moving her into the No. 2 spot on the Pac-12’s all-time wins list.

• In 2011 led ASU to its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years and a third-place finish in the Pac-10, ASU’s ninth top-3 conference finish in 11 seasons.

• In 2009 guided the Sun Devils to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. ASU’s final 26-9 record in 2008-09 included a school record 15-game winning streak.

• Is one of three coaches (former Washington head coach Chris Gobrecht and current Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer) in Pac-10/12 history (since the 1986-87 season) to have led their respective schools to five (or more) consecutive 20-win seasons.

• In 2006-07 guided the Sun Devils to a school record 31 wins, including a school record 16 Pac-10 wins, and led them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. ASU concluded the 2006-07 season ranked No. 8 in the final USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll, their highest FINAL rankings in each of the respective polls in school history.

• In 2005-06 led ASU to a 25-7 record. During the season led ASU to its first Top 10 ranking in 22 years.

• In 2004-05 directed ASU to a 24-10 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years.

• Led her 2001-02 team to a 25-9 record, which at the time had tied the single-season school record for most wins.

• Guided ASU to a share of the Pac-10 title in 2001 and the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament title in 2002, the first league championships in school history.

• Started her head coaching career at Northern Arizona where she spent three seasons (40-40 record from 1992/93 - 1995/96) and led NAU to consecutive winning seasons in 1994-95 and 1995-96, the first coach in school history to accomplish that feat.

• As a player, lettered four years at Stanford where she played under Tara VanDerveer (for three years).

• During the summer of 2009 Turner Thorne served as the head coach of the USA Women’s World University Games Team which went undefeated (7-0) and captured the gold medal at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Turner Thorne’s second time working with USA Basketball. In the summer of 2007 Turner Thorne served as an assistant coach on USA Basketball’s U21 World Championship Team which won the gold medal at the FIBA U21 World Championship in Moscow, Russia.

• Is a past president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Executive Committee.

• Graduated from Stanford in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later earned her master’s degree in education from Washington in 1990.

• Turner Thorne and her husband, Will, have three sons – Conor (17), Liam (15) and Quinn (12).

Record at ASU: 380-220 (19 seasons)

Career Record: 420-260 (22 seasons)

Updated March 28, 2016

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