Buford grad Christi Thomas was named the head girls basketball coach at Jackson County on Thursday.
It is the first high school head coaching job for 2015 Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, currently an assistant coach at Cherokee Bluff and a skill development coach for Blue Collar Basketball.
Thomas previously coached at Flowery Branch, helping the team to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2016-17 and 2017-18. She also has coaching experience at Perimeter Christian Schools, Cambridge feeder programs and as a community coach at Northview.
Thomas was a star player at Buford, earning Miss Georgia Basketball honors in 2000 as a senior. She scored 2,174 career points in high school, then signed with the Georgia Bulldogs.
In college, she was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2001 and a four-time All-SEC selection. She was the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 WNBA Draft. In addition to playing seven seasons in the WNBA, the 6-foot-4 Thomas also played professional basketball in Spain, Russia, Latvia, Italy, Turkey and Israel.