Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Carissa Thielbar is set to begin her third season as an assistant coach at Bucknell. In her seven years as an assistant coach, Thielbar has been to the NCAA Tournament six times while working on staffs at the Division I, II, and III level.
Thielbar's most recent trip to the NCAA Tournament, of course, came with the Bison in 2017 as she helped guide the team to a program-best 27-6 record and a Patriot League title. It was the second time she teamed with head coach Aaron Roussell to make the NCAA bracket. The first came during her one year on his staff at the University of Chicago.
Thielbar's primary responsbilites are with the team's guard/perimeter players. In her first season, she helped guide freshman Kyi English to a spot on the Patriot League All-Rookie Team and the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Additionally, the 2015-16 team smashed the program's single-season record with 202 3-pointers.
The successful 3-point shooting continued her second season with the Bison as the team again broke the school record with 214. Sophomore guard Kate Walker led the way, shooting 45 percent (49-108) from beyond the arc.
Thielbar arrived at Bucknell after spending the past four years at South Dakota State, one as a graduate assistant and the past three as a full-time assistant coach. The Jackrabbits made the NCAA Tournament in three of those four seasons and reached the final four of the WNIT in the other. Thielbar was in charge of the development of the team's point guards, while also holding recruiting and scouting responsibilities. During her time there, the Jackrabbits posted a 99-36 record, including an amazing 53-9 mark in the Summit League, and won three conference regular season titles and three league tournament titles.
Prior to South Dakota State, Thielbar was a graduate assistant coach at Wayne State College, where she helped guide the team to a 26-4 record and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title. The Wildcats were ranked as high as sixth in the nation and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament. That came just one year after Thielbar went to the NCAA Division III Tournament as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago.
Thielbar received a master's degree in sport and recreation studies from South Dakota State in 2013. She finished a bachelor's degree in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2009. While at Wisconsin-Superior, she was a three-year member of the women's basketball team and averaged more than 10 points per game during her career.
Thielbar and her husband Caleb reside in Lewisburg.
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