2011-12 Women's Basketball
Record: 5-24 Home: 3-6 Away: 2-16 Neutral: 0-2
Eric Thorson
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Head Coach

Head Coach Eric Thorson begins his second year at La Sierra University with high hopes of turning the Women's Basketball program around and challenging for an NAIA title before to long.

Coach Thorson graduated from Orangewood Adventist Academy in Garden Grove in 1987. While at OAA he played football, basketball and baseball at the varsity level, having lettered in all three sports. After a semester at Long Beach City College, playing wide receiver for the Vikings, Coach Thorson was hired as a full-time firefighter with the City of Garden Grove, where he continues to work today.

Eric began his coaching career returning to his alma mater, Orangewood Adventist Academy in 1993 to lead the Spartans' boys basketball team to their first appearance in CIF, advancing to the semi-finals before losing to the eventual Champions. After two seasons at Orangewood, coach Thorson was hired to take over the girls' basketball team at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, CA. In five years at St Anthony, Coach Thorson lead the Saints to an impressive overall record of 105 wins and 38 loses. The Saint's advanced to the CIF playoffs in each of his 5 seasons, and won the CIF Championship in 2000. Coach Thorson has had numerous players receive basketball scholarships at the college level and has mentored many coaches that continue to run successful programs to this day.

Coach Thorson has a simple philosophy for developing players and a building a winning program. "Work hard at everything you do, leave it all on the court, and no matter what the scoreboard says, your winners in my book". It is that drive and determination that Coach Thorson demands from those that play for him, that make his teams competitive at all times.

Coach Thorson enjoys golf and Lakers basketball, as well as USC football in his free time, and resides in the City of Los Angeles.

Cell Number: (714) 270-9621

2011-12 Women's Basketball Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
5Brittani WalkerFRF5-9Long Beach, CARialto High School
10Melissa BustamanteSRG5-5Downey, CAEast Los Angeles College
12Tori StittSOG5-5Long Beach, CARoosevelt High School
14Shelby MadiganJRF5-8Meadow Vista, CASierra Community College
15Ashley BaumgaertelSRC6-1Apple Valley, CADelgado Community College
20Alison MoonSOF5-11Orlando, FLAndrew's University
23Joirdan JonesSOG5-8Fontana, CALos Osos High School
24Teanna WilliamsJRG5-5Beaumont, TxSouthwestern Junior College
25Natalia HawthorneSOG5-6Fontana, CAEtiwanda High School
32Giselle SchmitzSOF/C6-1Hidden Valley, CAUniversity of California-Berkeley
42Victoria LoweSOG/F5-8Loma Linda, CALoma Linda Academy
52Audrey BukalaSRF5-9Fontana, CAEtiwanda High School
55Patrice PattersonSOC5-11Diamond Bar, CADiamond Ranch High School
Eric Thorson - Head Coach
Andy Press - Assistant Coach
Leah Gomez - Assistant Coach
Clifton Baker - Grad Assistant
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