She has yet to serve a game as the head coach of the Virginia Women’s Basketball team, but Tina Thompson is still hauling in the accolades. Thompson is one of 12 honorees inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday (September 7) evening. Earlier this summer, Thompson was a member of the 2018 class inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008), a four-time WNBA champion with the Houston Comets, and in 2011 was named one of the top-15 WNBA players of all time.
Thompson, the No. 1 overall pick of the inaugural WNBA draft, is joined by a start studded class that includes Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Lefty Driesell, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Dino Radja, Charlie Scott, Katie Smith, Rod Thorn, and Rick Welts.
Coach Thompson looked absolutely stunning for the red carpet affair, accompanied by her son Dyllan.
The Virginia social media team was on site to take in all the action for the evening:
We've arrived to welcome @IamTinaThompson into the @Hoophall! #18HoopsClass #GoHoos pic.twitter.com/VSzY4vFhJb— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) September 7, 2018
Virginia’s new Athletic Director Carla Williams was on hand for all the festivities and to support her first hire in Charlottesville.
On the way to support @IamTinaThompson @UVAWomensHoops @VirginiaSports ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/xypzDhGZZJ— Carla G. Williams (@ADWilliamsUVA) September 7, 2018
Cheryl Miller, the decorated player and current TNT sideline analyst for the NBA, introduced Thompson. Former Virginia standout Dawn Staley was also in attendance as she introduced fellow inductee Katie Smith.