Charli Turner Thorne
|Born||March 10, 1966|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1988–1990||Washington (grad. asst.)|
|1990–1993||Santa Clara (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Pac-10 Championship 2001|
Pac-10 Tournament Championship 2002
|Pac-10 Coach of the Year 2001|
Charli Turner Thorne (born March 10, 1966) is the Arizona State Sun Devils head women's basketball coach. She is the winningest Sun Devil coach since the team was established (343-208) and, in 2009, stood as No. 4 in the Pac-10/Pac-12 in terms of most career wins.
Turner Thorne studied psychology at Stanford University where she played basketball under Tara VanDerveer. She graduated in 1988 with a bachelor's degree and later studied for a master's degree in education at the University of Washington, graduating in 1990. She is married to Will Thorne and they have three children.
Turner Thorne began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Washington in 1988, then an assistant coach at Santa Clara in 1990. In 1993, Turner Thorne became head coach at Northern Arizona, winning consecutive seasons in 1994-95 and 1995–96, the first time the school had accomplished this. She then took a job coaching at Arizona State University for the start of the 1996 season. Turner Thorne has led the Arizona State women's basketball team to the NCAA Tournament seven times. This achievement is four more than in the 15 years prior to her arrival as coach.
In the 2004-05 season, the Sun Devils under Turner Thorne gained a 24-10 overall record and its first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 22 years. The team also gained a record of 25-9, which met the single-season school record for most wins at that time. ASU shared the Pac-10 title in 2001 and the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament title in 2002, the first league championships the school had achieved.
In the 2006-07 season, the Sun Devils achieved 31 wins, including a school record 16 Pac-10 wins, which brought them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time. At the end of the 2006-07 season, the Sun Devils ranked No. 8 in the final USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll, the highest final rankings in each poll the school had achieved. In the summer of 2007 Turner Thorne served as an assistant coach on USA Basketball's U-21 World Championship Team which won the gold medal at the U-21 FIBA World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
In 2009 the Sun Devils rejoined the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons under Turner Thorne's leadership. Having achieved 26 wins in the 2008-09 season, Turner Thorne became one of three Pac-10 coaches alongside University of Washington head coach Chris Gobrecht and Stanford University head coach Tara VanDerveer to have led their respective schools to five or more consecutive 20-win seasons.
During the summer of 2009, Turner Thorne served as the head coach of the USA Women's World University Games Team which won the gold medal at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, having won all seven of their games. It was Turner Thorne's second time working with USA Basketball.
|Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (Big Sky Conference) (1993–1996)|
|Northern Arizona:||40–40 (.500)||18–24 (.429)|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1996–2011)|
|1999–00||Arizona State||14–15||7–11||7th||WNIT 1st Round|
|2000–01||Arizona State||20–11||12–6||T-1st||NCAA First Round|
|2001–02||Arizona State||25–9||12–6||T-2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2002–03||Arizona State||16–14||7–11||8th||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2003–04||Arizona State||17–12||11–7||T-3rd||WNIT 1st Round|
|2004–05||Arizona State||24–10||12–6||T-2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2005–06||Arizona State||25–7||14–4||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2006–07||Arizona State||31–5||16–2||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2007–08||Arizona State||22–11||14–4||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2008–09||Arizona State||26–9||15–3||T-2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2009–10||Arizona State||18–14||9–9||5th||WNIT 2nd Round|
|2010–11||Arizona State||20–11||11–7||3rd||NCAA First Round|
|Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-12 Conference) (2012–present)|
|2013–14||Arizona State||23–10||11–7||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2014–15||Arizona State||29–6||15–3||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2015–16||Arizona State||26–7||16–2||T-1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2016–17||Arizona State||20–13||9–9||5th||NCAA Second Round|
|2017–18||Arizona State||22–13||10–8||6th||NCAA Second Round|
|Arizona State:||431–249 (.634)||217–158 (.579)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 22 Sep 2015.
- Sun Devils Biography of Charli Turner Thorne
- Charli Turner Thorne Gives Birth To Third Son Tuesday Morning December 30, 2003 Archived April 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Orton, Kathy (June 19, 1996). "Basketball junkie lands job at ASU". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
- "Arizona State University Athletics Official Website". ASU Athletics. Archived from the original on 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- "TWENTY-FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2009". www.usab.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
- Southwestern University RUDER REAPPOINTED AS WBCA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER July 7, 2009 retrieved 23 October 2009
- Metcalfe, Jeff (May 2, 2011). "Charli Turner Thorne to take leave of absence from ASU basketball". Arizona Republic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.