Vic Schaefer brought another up-and-coming coach to his Mississippi State women’s basketball staff as Carly Thibault joined the program as assistant coach.
Thibault joins the Bulldogs following two seasons on the staff at Eastern Michigan.
“I’m so grateful and excited to join one of the best programs in the country here at Mississippi State,” Thibault said. “Coach Schaefer and his staff have done an incredible job building this program, and I’m ready to hit the ground running to help us take the next step in becoming a national championship contender.”
Last season she helped guide an EMU offense that scored 2,445 points, third-most in a season, and dished the seventh-most assists (435) en route to going 22-12 and advancing to the second round of the WNIT.
The Eagles won 20 games in each of her two seasons in Ypsilanti, as the 2014-15 squad tied the school record for wins in a season with a 24-13 mark. That team advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship before wrapping the year in the WNIT’s Round of 16.
That team set the program’s scoring record with 2,549 points and also claimed top marks for field goals made (936), rebounds (1,539) and three-pointers made (223).
Individually, she helped tutor Cha Sweeney to Second Team All-MAC honors and Janay Morton to All-MAC Honorable Mention along with a spot on the league’s inaugural all-defensive team.
Thibault made the move to EMU following a stint in Tallahassee as the Director of Recruiting Operations at Florida State. During her time with the Seminoles, she managed the team’s recruiting database and communication plan as well as assisting with the administration of the program’s basketball camps.
“We have hit another home run with the addition of Carly Thibault to our Hail State Hoops Family,” Schaefer said. “I love her passion and energy for the game. Not only does she come from a great basketball family, but she played for two great coaches at Monmouth before going on to work for two great ones in Sue Semrau at Florida State and Tory Verdi at Eastern Michigan. Mississippi State athletics has a long history of great assistant coaches, and there is no doubt in my mind Carly Thibault will be another one to add to the list.”
Thibault played collegiately at Northeast Conference member Monmouth from 2009-13. She wrapped her playing career third in school history with 166-career 3-point field goals made.
The East Lyme, Connecticut, native shot 37 percent from the three-point stripe in her career, but knocked down 40 percent as a junior and 44 percent in her final college season.
She was also an outstanding shooter from the free-throw line, knocking down 75.3 percent over her four seasons.
Thibault capped her career by earning Third Team All-NEC honors to go with the Team Coaches’ Award in 2012.
She also excelled off the court at Monmouth, winning NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year her senior season. She also claimed CoSIDA All-District II First Team honors, the Kelsey Award for the Monmouth student-athlete with the highest GPA and the Monmouth Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award.
Thibault comes from a basketball family, as her father, Mike, was a longtime coach in the NBA before making the move to the WNBA, where he currently coaches the Washington Mystics alongside his son, Eric.
“She’s been around the game all her life and seen what hard work is like,” Schaefer said of her coaching family. “At her young age, she knows what it takes to win at this level. That’s really a unique quality that I was looking for. I’m looking forward to having her as part of our Bulldog family.”
(From MSU Media Relations)