Former Local High School Head Coach Hired As An Assistant

Dawn Thompson
Dawn Thompson

Ferris State University head coach Keri Becker will have a new face on the 2009 coaching staff with the addition of Dawn Thompson, who served the last eight (2000-08) seasons as the head varsity softball coach at Big Rapids (Mich.) High School.

Thompson replaces Chad Haberland, who accepted a similiar position at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. this past fall. Thompson began her responsibilites at Ferris State in September 2008 during the fall exhibition season.

"Dawn has been a refreshing addition to the staff," said Becker. "I'm so lucky to be surrounded by coaches who are knowledgeable about teaching the game and dedicated to the success of this team."

Prior her arrival at Ferris State, Thompson directed the Big Rapids Varsity Softball team to three conference championships and two district titles during her eight-year career. In 2008, she was recognized by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association (MHSSCA) for surpassing 200 career victories. Since 2000, Thompson has been the head coach of the BRHS' varsity girls basketball program and was responsible for guiding the Cardinals to three league titles and a one district crown. The Howard City, Mich., native began her coaching career in 1999 in which she served as the junior varsity softball head coach at her alma mater Tri-County High School in Howard City, Mich., and also was an assistant coach of the Big Rapids' varsity girls basketball team.

As a collegian at Central Michigan University, Thompson was an All-Mid American Conference (MAC) Second-Team selection at third base in 1998 after earning all-conference honorable mention plaudits in 1997 under head coach Margo Jonker. A two-time (1997 and 1998) MAC All-Academic Team honoree, Thompson was a member of two (1995 and 1998) Mid-American Conference Championship Teams while playing for the Chippewas. A three-year (1996-98) letterwinner at Central Michigan, Thompson holds the distinction of being the inaugural recipient of the CMU softball program's Beth Pawlak Memorial Award for dedication, leadership, hard work, and positive attitude.

Thompson received her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan in 1999 and would earn a Master's Degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2005.

A 1994 graduate of Tri-County High School, Thompson attained All-Newaygo County Athletic Association, all-district, and all-regional softball accolades in each of her last three (1992-94) prep campaigns. She also was twice (1992 and 1994) recognized as a honorable mention all-state pick while garnering all-area kudos three consecutive seasons (1992-94). Thompson, a three-year prep varsity softball letterwinner, was a 1994 West Michigan All-Area First-Team selection. In basketball, she was chosen twice (1992 and 1993) as an all-conference performer and tabbed as an all-area honoree three times (1991-93). Thompson was a second-team West Michigan All-Area pick on the hardwood as a senior in the 1993 season. She received three varsity letters in basketball and two in volleyball at TCHS.

The daughter of Michael and Laura Thompson of Howard City, Dawn has two brothers and two sisters. She resides in Big Rapids, Mich.

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