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Christy Thomaskutty
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Christy Thomaskutty

Christy Thomaskutty was appointed head women's basketball coach for Emory University prior to the 2003-04 season. Thomaskutty spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, five at Illinois State University and one at Saint Louis University. 

Thomaskutty saw her 2012-13 squad turn in a memorable campaign, finishing with an overall record of 24-4 that established a school record for most wins in a season.  The Eagles enjoyed many noteworthy accomplishments including the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997, hosting and winning first- and second-round contests against Whitworth and Huntingdon College, advancing the squad to the Round of 16.  The team's trip to the postseason was earned after capturing the program's first-ever University Athletic Association Championships, finishing the league portion of its schedule with a 12-2 slate, the most wins in conference play by an Emory team.   Under Thomaskutty's guidance, Emory closed out the year ranked 13th nationally by D3hoops.com and 14th by USA Today Sports. The Eagles set school season records in three-point field goals (176), steals (405) and steals average (14.5 spg).  The steals average mark topped the UAA and stood 12th nationally with Emory finishing with 24 contests of 10 or more steals.  Thomaskutty saw her team average 71.2 points per outing, tops in the conference and 32nd nationally, while its stingy 55.1 points allowed set the standard in the UAA while ranking as the second-lowest effort in school history.  The club's +16.1 effort in scoring margin placed it atop the conference and 21st among all D-III programs while its impressive +9.5 showing in turnover margin was eighth on the national chart.  For her efforts, Thomaskutty and her staff were recognized as the UAA Coaches of the Year and she was also recognized by D3hoops.com as the South Region Coach of the Year. 

The 2011-12 Emory women’s basketball team enjoyed a breakout year with the Eagles turning in the program's most successful season since the 1996-97 campaign. For the second straight year, head coach Christy Thomaskutty started a relatively young but more experienced group that featured two sophomores, two juniors and one senior.  Emory finished with an overall ledger of 18-7 that represented the program's third-highest victory mark.  Included in the team's win total were a school-record 10 triumphs on enemy courts.  In UAA affairs, Emory battled its way to a 9-5 performance, tying the third-highest win effort in school annals, while its third-place finish in the loop was the school's highest since 1998-99.  The Eagles topped the UAA and ranked 18th nationally in scoring average (72.6 ppg) while also setting the pace among league teams and standing sixth nationally with a 36.7 percent mark from three-point range with that effort tying for third on the school's seasonal list.  Emory used the trey-ball to its advantage, setting a school season record with 175 three-point field goals, knocking down 10 or more treys in four contests, including a school record 13 vs. Brandeis on Jan. 15, 2012.  On the defensive end of the floor, Thomaskutty saw her charges register a school record 297 steals with the teams 11.9 steals-per-game average rank as the No. 1 mark in the UAA.  Emory finished the year with a flourish, winning five of its last six encounters including a home win over No. 8 Washington University (82-72) and a season-ending triumph at No. 19 Rochester (79-68).

For the bulk of the 2010-11 campaign, Thomaskutty started a lineup that featured two freshmen, two sophomores, one of whom was a first-year member of the program, and one senior.  Despite the overall youth of the team, the Eagles enjoyed a number of highlights that included ranking No. 2 in the UAA and 26th nationally in scoring (73.0 ppg).  Thomaskutty instituted a high-pressure defense that resulted in the squad pacing the UAA and standing 45th on the national scene in steals per game (12.2 spg), with the team's 305 total thefts establishing a school seasonal mark.  Emory also ranked among the nation's top 20 Division III programs in turnover margin (+6.28).  Finally, the team established a school game record for most points when it rang up a 129-82 triumph over Sewanee at the Woodruff PE Center.

For Thomaskutty, the 2009-10 season represented a rebuilding project  as it entered the season having to replace four starters from the previous campaign along with a senior class that combined to play close to 400 games during their careers. Though the team finished under .500, a foundation was prepared for future success with a number of young players earning court time and enjoying some bright moments.  Statistically speaking, Emory finished with 82 blocked shots, good for the No. 2 spot on the school’s seasonal chart while its 3.3 blocks per contest was also good for the No. 2 position.  The Eagles ranked No. 2 among UAA teams in steals in both overall (9.9 spg) and conference outings (10.2 spg).  Emory finished the year with 14 games of 10 or more steals. 

The 2008-09 Emory contingent battled to an overall record of 13-12 which represented the program's second consecutive winning season, the first time that had been accomplished by the Eagles since the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Emory played a total of 11 games against seven teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, four UAA foes and three con-conference opponents (Maryville, Oglethorpe and Baruch). Thomaskutty directed her squad to a pair wins against nationally ranked squads, a 69-56 decision over No. 12 Brandeis (Jan. 25) and an 85-84 triumph over No. 2 Oglethorpe (Dec. 2) that represented the highest-ranked opponent taken down by a Thomaskutty-coached team. Along the way, Thomaskutty saw the team earn its first-ever national ranking in the D3hoops.com Poll (poll originated in 1999-2000) when it was ranked as high as 23rd in the nation. Statistically, Emory averaged 70.2 points per game (the program's highest effort during her tenure), good for the No. 2 spot in the University Athletic Association and 61st nationally. The Eagles ranked third in the league with a 41.9 percent field goal percentage mark (65th nationally) and with a 5.6 per-game effort in three-point field goals. In addition, the team paced the conference in steals with a 10.3 per-game mark while the total of 257 thefts was fourth highest in school history.

Thomaskutty saw her 2007-08 unit play a formidable schedule, hitting the court 11 times against six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles posted an overall record of 14-11, a four-game improvement from the previous season. In University Athletic Association action, Emory bounced back from a 0-4 start to register a 7-7 ledger, the program's most victories in league play since the 1999-2000 campaign. The team was ranked 49th nationally in the Massey Ratings while D3hoops.com had Emory's slate of games ranked as the fourth most difficult among Division III squads. The Eagles claimed three victories over opponents who were ranked among the nation's top 25 at the the time of the meetings -- at No. 17 Rochester (59-56) and at home against No. 21 New York University (80-68) and No. 23 Washington University (68-66). Emory led all UAA teams in scoring in overall play (68.0 ppg) and shattered the school seasonal record with 151 three-point field goals. The Eagles used the three-ball effectively, establishing a school record with a UAA-leading 38.0 percent effort from beyond the arc, good for the No. 7 position nationally.

During the 2006-07 campaign, Thomaskutty, despite playing with one of the youngest teams in school history, directed her charges to a win at No. 16-ranked Chicago while coming up short against three top-10 ranked UAA foes by seven or fewer points.

In 2005-06, Thomaskutty led Emory to an overall record of 15-10, the best showing by an Eagles' unit since 1998-99. Among her team's win total were three victories over nationally ranked foes. Another highlight while at Emory includes a 61-59 victory on Jan. 23, 2005, over Brandeis University (Mass.), then ranked third in the nation by D3hoops.com.

Thomaskutty played college basketball at Tulane University where her teams competed in two NCAA tournaments, the first in school history, and made one appearance in the women's NIT (National Invitational Tournament). At the time of her graduation, she ranked fifth all-time in NCAA Division I history for career three-point field goals.

Thomaskutty was later honored by Tulane as a member of its Silver Anniversary Team, celebrating the basketball program's 25th anniversary and its greatest players. Her senior year at Tulane, she was the female winner of its "T Club Athlete of the Year" her senior year. The same year, she received honorable mention for the All-Louisiana Team.

While at Tulane, Thomaskutty was honored as the national female winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award. Thomaskutty received a Commissioner's Academic Medal from Conference USA. She was named the Metro Conference student-athlete of the year her junior season.

Thomaskutty graduated magna cum laude (Bachelor of Science in Management) from Tulane's A. B. Freeman School of Business in 1996. She later earned her master's degree (Masters of Business Administration) from Illinois State in 2002.

She spent the 1997-98 season as assistant women's basketball coach at Saint Louis University before moving on to Illinois State. There, Thomaskutty was credited with a key role in recruiting players who made the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team in three consecutive years. Her duties also included strength and conditioning, nutritional development, academic progress, perimeter player coaching, and scouting and game plan preparation.

A native of Somerville, Ala., Thomaskutty was a Street & Smith's Magazine Honorable Mention All-American at Brewer High School.


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