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Four time Canada West Coach of the Year and two-time CIS Coach of the Year Lisa Thomaidis is in her 15th year as head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
Thomaidis returns to her post as head coach after taking a professional leave of absence in 2012-13 to work with the Canadian Women's National Team.
In 2013, Thomaidis was appointed head coach of the Canadian Women's National Team. At the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women she led the squad to a silver medal, the team's best finish since 1995. By making the tournament final, Canada qualified for a berth in the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.
In the summer of 2012, Thomaidis was an Assistant Coach with the Women's National Team at the London Olympics. There, the team made a dramatic run to the Quarter-Finals, before falling to the USA, the eventual gold medallists.
During her tenure at the U of S, the Huskies have been consistently ranked in the CIS Top 10 for the last seven years and have qualified for the CIS Championship five of the last six seasons.
In 2005-06, she was at the helm for the Huskies first-ever Canada West Championship and helped the team to another in 2010-11. Her four Canada West Coach of the Year awards came in 2003-04, 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2010-11. She was also inducted into the McMaster University Hall of Fame in October 2006. In 2008-09, she became the first women's basketball coach at the UofS to be named the CIS Coach of the Year and won the award again in 2010-11. She was also named a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2009.
Thomaidis was an assistant coach with the Canadian Women's National Team from 2001-12. In 2011, she led Canada's women's basketball entry at the World University Games in China to a sixth place finish. It was the best since 2001. Thomaidis coached at the World Championships in Czech Republic in 2010 and in Brazil in 2006, two PanAm Games (2007 in Rio de Janiero, and 2003 in Santo Domingo), as well as Olympic qualification tournaments (Mexico in 2003, Chile in 2007, Colombia in 2011). She was also the Saskatchewan provincial team coach from 1998-2001 and coach of the Canada Games team in 2001.
Thomaidis played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe in the Greek 1st Division. She was a student athlete for five years at McMaster University where she was a three-time OUA All-Star, and was on the Dean's Honour List for three years. She finished her career with McMaster by winning the OUA Coaches Award of Excellence.