Thousand promoted to NMU women’s hoops associate head coach

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball program has announced that Casey Thousand has been promoted to associate head coach.

“I would like to thank (head) coach (Troy) Mattson along with our Director of Athletics Forrest Karr and Associate Athletic Director Bridget Kyle for this opportunity,” Thousand said. “I am honored to be a part of this excellent program and I am truly humbled…. I am excited to see what the future will bring for this program.”

In two seasons with NMU, Thousand has helped the Wildcats post records of 32-26 overall and 23-18 in the GLIAC. Northern has a win-loss record of 17-7 at its home Berry Events Center and reached the eight-team GLIAC Tournament both seasons.

Prior to arriving at NMU, Thousand was head coach for seven years at NCAA Division III Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. The longest-tenured head coach in Eagles’ history, Edgewood went 74-57 in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference games while there.

Fifteen Eagles earned all-NACC accolades and the team made four league tournament appearances. Before taking over at Edgewood, Thousand spent three years as an assistant coach at Division III Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“Casey has been an invaluable addition to our NMU women’s basketball program over the past two years,” Mattson said. “She has a great understanding of coaching, is extremely knowledgeable about basketball and has the desire, determination and dedication to make our program better.

“These are just a few of the qualities she exemplifies and is why we are promoting her to this position.”

The Wildcats made their seventh straight GLIAC Tournament appearance last season. With the return of players lost to injuries in 2017-18 plus a talented incoming class, the 2018-19 team will only look to get better.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is