Women’s hoops coach Thomaidis, Canada Basketball mutually agree to part ways

THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Lisa Thomaidis will not return as head coach of Canada’s national women’s basketball team, ending a run of nearly a decade at the helm of the program.

Canada Basketball said in a release Tuesday that the organization and Thomaidis have “mutually agreed to part ways.” Thomaidis’s contract expired at the end of September.

Thomaidis was named head coach of the women’s national team in 2013 and led the team to a FIBA world ranking of fourth, the highest in program history. She leaves with an 83-44 record at the helm.

However, the team fell short of expectations this summer at the Tokyo Olympics by failing to advance to the medal round.

The team was heavily impacted by restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, with the full squad going 18 months without playing together before an Olympic-opening loss to Serbia on July 26.

Prior to being named head coach, Thomaidis was an assistant coach for the previous 12 years after joining Allison McNeill’s staff in 2001.

Thomaidis has also been head coach at the University of Saskatchewan for more than 20 years, twice earning U Sport coach of the year. Since taking over as head coach in 1998, she’s led the Huskies to seven Canada West titles and two national titles, including in 2020 in one of the last major sports events in Canada before COVID-19. The Huskies have reached the U Sports Final 8 tournament 13 times, including in 12 of the last 13 seasons.