BOSTON, Mass. – Add another first to the already impressive resume for three-time AVCA All-American and recent volleyball graduate Shannon Thompson '13. The Moorpark, California native recently became the first player in program history to sign a professional contract and is now a member of the VC Tirol out of Innsbruck, Austria.
"I am really excited to be able to continue my volleyball career in such an amazing city and country. It has always been a dream to be able to play professional volleyball and I am lucky to have had great coaches at UMass to help me pursue that dream," said Thompson.
The 6'2" outside hitter officially inked her first professional contract earlier this month, after one of the most decorated college careers in the history of UMass Boston. The two-time NCAA Division III Regional Tournament MVP, Thompson is currently one of 10 players on this year's roster. The VC Tirol currently competes in the Austrian League and has already starting training for the 2013 season.
"I am very happy for Shannon. She was a great player and someone who helped to make UMass Boston one of the top teams in Division III. Her hard work has truly paid off and I know she will continue to be driven now that she is a member of the team," added UMass Boston head volleyball coach Terry Condon.
While with the Beacons, Thompson became the first player in school history to be named a four-time First Team All-Little East Conference selection. She was also the first and only player in Little East Conference history to be named a Rookie of the Year and a three-time Offensive Player of the Year. She helped to lead UMB to four consecutive Little East Conference tournament titles and two NCAA Regional crowns in the last three seasons. In 2010 she became the program's first First Team AVCA All-American.
Following the conclusion of her senior season she was named the NEWVA and ECAC New England Offensive Player of the Year, after leading the Beacons back to the NCAA Final Eight tournament in Holland, Michigan. During her four seasons at UMass Boston, Thompson helped the Beacons to an overall record of 108-27 (80.0).
To find out more about Thompson's career in Austria follow her on her blog http://shannonthomp.blogspot.co.at/.