Marauders hand interim women’s cage coaching duties to Thuss

Anne Marie Thuss will be the interim head coach of the McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team. Thuss will lead the Marauders while long-time head coach Theresa Burns is on a personal leave of absence for the 2008-2009 season.

Thuss has been an assistant coach with the Marauders since joining the program in 2001. Thuss and Burns have built the Marauders into the Ontario University Athletics most successful women’s basketball program over the past decade, capturing three OUA championships and five West Division titles. In 2008, the team’s OUA conference title, OUA West Division crown and a Canadian Interunivesrity Sports bronze medal highlighted the program’s best performance since the 1989-90 season.

“This is a good situation because I am very comfortable with the athletes, the systems and the style that Theresa has worked so hard to bring to the program,” said Thuss.

Thuss competed for the York Lions from 1982 to 1987 and captained the team from 1985 to 1987. She was named a conference all-star at the completion of the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.

Thuss started her elite level coaching career with the Basketball Ontario Junior Develop Program in 1987 continuing until 1989. She returned to York as an assistant coach 1990 to 1997 highlighted by a CIS silver medal finish in 1997.

Outside of the CIS, Thuss has been extensively involved with the Canadian National Team program since 2000. She started as the Women’s Junior National Team Manager in 2000. The next year she joined the Senior Women’s National Team staff in the same capacity. She has served in that role since. This summer Thuss will travel extensively with the Senior Team, including stops in France and Slovakia for exhibition series with both countries.

Originally from Strathroy, Thuss has resided in Hamilton the past five years.