“It’s a very deserving group of girls and coaches to be around and to get to experience,” she said.
As for her role, besides her experiences as a player, Thompson’s personality helps.
“I think of my role as kind of the encouragement,” she said. “Coach Dexter says I’m the calming voice. The girls say I smile all the time. I try to be positive with the coaches or with the girls. I help where I can. I work with the post players in practice and I really enjoy that. Overall, I try to be an encouragement in any way that I can.”
She does more than that, helping with detail work that can swamp others.
“She’s such a warm-hearted person, always has a smile on her face, always calms me down,” Dexter said. “Her best qualities as far as helping the program, she’s so good at organization, detail-oriented things. Just [Sunday] the amount of things she’s thought of to help us with the itinerary and the things we need to do this week is invaluable for us.”
Dexter related a story about how after the Comets won the semistate, Thompson wished she could step back into her old job in the EHS athletic office because she’d enjoy the overload of activity of the week before state.
“The busier it is, the more chaotic it is, I think the better she is,” Dexter said. “That’s what makes it so great for us, because she’s so even keel.”