At the University of Science and Arts, Laci Tompkins has held the titles of head softball coach, assistant women's basketball coach, graduate assistant, softball player and basketball player, as well as graduate. She now holds a new title at her alma mater -- women's head basketball coach.

Tompkins was named the head coach of the Drovers in August.

"I am really excited. It's wonderful to be back -- it feels like home. I have a passion for USAO because USAO is a part of who I am. I'm looking forward to a program that is classy on and off the floor and continuing a winning tradition.

"I want them (the players) in the front three rows of the classroom and to keep their GPA up. I want our girls to be great examples wherever they are," Tompkins said.

In a 1999 spring sports media guide, Tompkins was described as "virtually inseparable from the USAO athletic program." She graduated from USAO in 1996 with degrees in English and physical education.

As a basketball player under then-Head Coach George Davidson, Tompkins (then Laci Dyer) played the USAO backcourt as a guard from 1991-95. She also was a member of the USAO softball squad for one season recording the third-highest batting average in the southwest region that year.

After graduation, Tompkins spent one season as a graduate assistant and four seasons as an assistant coach with the Lady Drovers and three seasons as the head softball coach at USAO. During this time she received her master's of education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998.

Tompkins served as the head coach of the girl's basketball team at Bridge Creek for one season before becoming the head coach of the women's basketball team at Redlands Community College in El Reno. In addition to head coach, she also was the lead HPER faculty member and student activities coordinator.

During her tenure at RCC, Tompkins coached six All-Americans, 14 Academic All-Americans, four Distinguished All-Americans, three Arthur Ashe scholars, three Conference Most Valuable Players, 18 All-Region Players, a National Tournament All-Tournament team selection and the first two-time All-American in women's basketball at RCC.

Her Lady Cougar teams were nationally ranked for nine consecutive years. Tompkins' team made a National Tournament appearance in 2003.

She's been published in "American Basketball Quarterly" and selected for "Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals." She was named Region II Coach of the Year for five years and District Coach of the Year in 2003.

Tompkins was honored for her involvement in USAO athletics during the 30th anniversary of sports at the college. She has served as the Region II Women's Basketball Representative, on the WBCA Kodak All-American Selection Committee and speaks at clinics, retreats and other events.

Tompkins is originally from Carnegie. She is married to Jeff Tompkins. The couple have one daughter, Lexi, and a son, Tiger.