Thibault Named Assistant Coach with Washington Mystics

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Eric Thibault has announced will be leaving the Rams to accept the same position with the WNBA's Washington Mystics.

Thibault, the son of Washington Head Coach Mike Thibault, played a vital role in VCU's transition to the Atlantic 10 Conference under first-year Head Coach Marlene Stollings in 2012-13.  He helped the Rams qualify for the A-10 Tournament in their inaugural season in the league, while guiding the second-youngest team in the conference to double-digit victories.

"Eric has been an integral part of creating a championship culture and mindset for our program," said Stollings.  "The opportunity to be an assistant coach in the WNBA at this point in his career is a tremendous opportunity. We are grateful for our time together and we wish him and the Washington Mystics all the best."

Thibault, who boasts a wealth of collegiate and professional experience, joined VCU last fall after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant for player development and scouting on his father's staff with the Connecticut Sun.

"I would like to thank Coach Stollings, our players and staff, and the entire VCU community for an incredible experience this past season," added Thibault.  "I feel very lucky that I was able to learn from Coach Stollings and work each day with our exceptional student-athletes. I am excited to watch VCU Women's Basketball continue to build and develop into one of the elite programs in both the A-10 and on the national stage."

From 2010-12, he also served as a graduate assistant coach with the St. John's women's basketball program, which made a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the school's first-ever Sweet 16.

Thibault graduated Cum Laude in English from the University of Missouri in December of 2009. He obtained his Master's degree in Sports Management from St. John's University in 2012.