Former ’Jacket on Colorado State coaching staff
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Former University of Wisconsin-Superior basketball standout Carissa (Nord) Thielbar is now an assistant coach with the Colorado State women’s basketball program.
Thielbar joins the Rams with just over eight years of coaching experience, including several years of experience as a recruiting coordinator.
Her most recent position was at Bucknell, where she helped guide the Bison to a program-best 27-6 record in 2016-17, as well as the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. The Bison either shared or won the Patriot League outright in her two seasons in Lewisburg, Pa., and combined to go 52-14 during her two-year tenure.
Thielbar’s primary responsibility at Bucknell was the development of the program’s guards and wings. Bucknell’s guards broke the team record for three-point field goals made twice under her guidance, sinking 202 in 2015-16 and 214 in 2016-17. Among the honors received by Bucknell athletes during her tenure were Patriot League All-Rookie and All-Tournament honors for guard Kyi English in 2016.
Prior to Bucknell, Thielbar spent four seasons at South Dakota State (2011-15), including three as an assistant coach. In her four years in Brookings, S.D., the Jackrabbits made three NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the semifinals of the WNIT and won three Summit League regular season and tournament titles. Among her accomplishments at SDSU was helping guide the Jackrabbits to a 53-9 record in Summit League play.
Thielbar was a graduate assistant for one season at Wayne State (2010-11) before arriving at SDSU, and got her start in collegiate coaching as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago (2009-10). Each of those programs reached the NCAA Tournament while she was a member of those respective staffs.
Thielbar, a 2003 graduate of Duluth Central High School, coached the Trojans’ JV team during the 2008-09 season and was the head coach of the Northern Lights AAU team in 2009.
Thielbar played collegiately at UWS for three seasons, serving as team captain for one year. She averaged more than 10 points per game for her career, including an average of 10.3 points per game during the 2007-08 campaign, when she shot 45 percent from behind the 3-point line.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2009 at UWS, and added a master’s degree in sport and recreation studies at South Dakota State in 2013.
Thielbar is married to Caleb Thielbar, who was a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins from 2013-15.
NOTES: Despite only playing in 15 of 25 games during the 2007-08 season, Thielbar led UWS in scoring with 154 points, including a game-high 26 points in an 80-72 home win over UW-River Falls. … Thielbar is fourth on the UWS all-time list in 3-point field goal percentage (.393).
Carissa (Nord) Thielbar’s
2015-17 – Assistant Coach, Bucknell University
2012-15 – Assistant Coach, South Dakota State University
2011-12 – Graduate Assistant, South Dakota State University
2010-11 – Graduate Assistant, Wayne State College
2009-10 – Assistant Coach, University of Chicago