Mount Carmel coach Jamie Thomatis named to Middle Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame class of 2021
Mount Carmel basketball coach Jamie Thomatis was among the six member class for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday:
Our basketball coach Jamie Thomatis will be inducted into the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫…
The New Orleans area native who previously coached at Ursuline, Loyola and Davidson is one of the greatest women’s basketball players in MTSU history:
The first Blue Raider women’s basketball player to be named First Team All-Conference in two different conferences, the OVC and the Sun Belt, Thomatis still holds the program records for career field goal and free throw percentage. Her 1,971 career points are still fourth all-time in Murfreesboro, 19 years after her career concluded.
Thomatis was clearly touched by the surprise announcement, with Walters noting he might’ve seen her wipe away a tear or two.
“It’s just such a huge honor, so there are a lot of emotions there to be considered among so many great Blue Raiders,” Thomatis said. “It’s definitely very heartwarming to be among such great company.”
She was joined by former Blue Raider head coach Stephanie Smith, highlighting how crucial Thomatis’ diverse offensive prowess was to Middle Tennessee making the transition to the Sun Belt.
“We don’t make that transition without Jamie Thomatis,” Smith said. “Without that recruiting class, led by Jamie, we would’ve stumbled. Instead, it just raised everyone’s focus and expertise.”
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