Makini Thompson joins Finley's staff in 2011 after an outstanding playing career at Florida State and Long Beach State, as well as on the international circuit.
During the 2010 season, Thompson served as a co-coach of Smash 18, the top-ranked club team in New England. Smash won the Great Nor'Easter and Mizuno Winterfest Tournaments and represented New England at the USAV Nationals in Reno.
In 2008, Thompson played professionally for Langenthal VBC in Switzerland. She is also a member of the Jamaican Senior National team and competed in last year's Caribbean Championships in Suriname, where she helped the Jamaicans take fifth place.
A 6-0 outside hitter, Thompson enjoyed three superb seasons at Florida State from 2005-2007. In 2006, she became the first Florida State player to earn All-AVCA honors as a junior when she collected an honorable mention nod.
Thompson recorded more than 1,200 kills during her three-year stint with the Seminoles, the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000. For her efforts, Thompson collected a First Team All-ACC award in 2006, as well as a Second Team All-ACC selection as a senior in 2007.