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Charli Turner Thorne
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 (325), Charli Turner Thorne is at the helm of an Arizona State program that has made it to the postseason 14 of the last 15 years, including a school record five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2005-09). ASU’s nine NCAA Tournament appearances under Turner Thorne are six more than what ASU had in the 15 years prior to her arrival in Tempe.

• The 2014-15 season will be Turner Thorne’s 18th at ASU.

• Coming off a 13-18 season in 2012-13 – ASU’s first losing season since 1999-2000 – and picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12, Turner Thorne and the Sun Devils turned the tables on those who predicted a gloomy 2013-14 campaign as 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 following the Sun Devils’ come-from-behind 60-53 win at USC 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.

• Since 2005-06, ASU has led the Pac-12 in the number of conference first-team all-academic awards and the combined number of first- and second-team all-academic awards.

• 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 second half of that season led ASU on a (then) school record 10-game winning streak after leading the Sun Devils to a school record-tying nine-game winning streak earlier in the season (also 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.

• She and her husband, Will, have three sons – Conor (15), Liam (13) and Quinn (10).

Record at ASU: 325-207 (17 seasons)

Career Record: 365-247 (19 seasons)

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