McLennan Community College has selected Candice Thomas as the assistant coach of the women’s basketball program.

Thomas, a 2006 graduate of University High School, was a four-year starter for the Lady Panthers at Prairie View A&M University. As a freshman in 2007, she led the team to the program’s first SWAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, and she was named the SWAC Tournament MVP. Thomas led the team to regular season conference championships in 2008 and 2009 and tournament championships in 2007 and 2009, another NCAA appearance in 2009 and an NIT appearance in 2008. She was a three-time SWAC First-Team All-Conference selection, earning Player of the Year honors in 2008.

Thompson received a bachelor’s of science in human performance from Prairie View in 2011. She spent a year working as a physical education aide at South Waco Elementary before becoming a physical education teacher and coach at Carver Middle School. She coached the 2012-13 seventh grade girls basketball team to an undefeated Waco City Championship. Most recently, Thomas worked as a recreational aide at the Bledsoe Recreational Center and spent the 2013-14 season as a volunteer assistant coach for McLennan.