CU's Makini Thompson Brings International Experience to Hawks' Volleyball Team
MURFREESBORO - Chowan University's Women's Volleyball Coach Makini Thompson will bring international experience to the Hawks this season.
Thompson returned from the Caribbean Championships in Suriname last week as a member of the Jamaica Senior National Team. The team finished fourth in this year's championships, after finishing fifth the year before.
Interestingly enough, there is a CIAA connection with the Jamaica National Team. As part of the team, Thompson has played under Douglas Hunter, the current head volleyball coach at Shaw University, and has played with Reesheman Johnson, current assistant volleyball coach at Fayetteville State University. Thompson's mother was also a member of the Jamaica National Team, and she played under Coach Hunter as well.
Prior to Thompson joining the National Team, she played professionally for one year for the Langenthal Volleyball Club in Switzerland. Before competing professionally, Thompson enjoyed an impressive career at Florida State University. While at FSU, she racked up more than 1,200 kills during her three years as a Seminole.
This November, Jamaica is set to host the World Championship Qualifier. The four teams competing in the qualifier include Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, and Aruba.
"I have really enjoyed playing volleyball internationally. Playing for Jamaica is a great honor for me,” stated Thompson. I have learned so much in terms of volleyball styles, and working with different personalities and cultures. All of this experience has helped me to become a better coach and to relate with my players better."
Thompson's squad is set to begin their season on September 7th when they travel to Charleston, WV to compete in the University of Charleston (WV) Tournament.