One of the integral parts of the Commodores' success since the summer of 2000
can be attributed to the efforts of assistant coach David Thornton. Thornton,
who joined the Vanderbilt coaching staff that summer, has spent countless hours
giving individual attention to players and helping them improve to new heights.
Prior to joining the Commodore staff, Thornton was the head coach of Middle
Tennessee State's women's tennis program. During his tenure, he led the Blue
Raiders to four Ohio Valley Conference championships in six years and was the
OVC "Coach of the Year" in 1996, 1997 and 2000.
"David is one of the best young coaches in the country," head coach Geoff Macdonald
said. "It is a tremendous coup for Vanderbilt to have him on our staff. He has
a good tactical mind and he brings lot of energy with him."
During the 2000 season, MTSU was 21-8 and ranked 47th nationally, the highest
national ranking ever for the program. Thornton earned an ITA Regional Coach
of the Year nomination for his efforts during the 2000 season.
Thornton graduated from MTSU in 1993 and was a club professional and assistant
men's coach at MTSU prior to becoming the head women's coach.
He also has a master's degree from MTSU.
Thornton competed professionally in Europe for three years in the early 1990s.
As a native of Galway, Ireland, he represented Ireland as a junior at various
age levels and received an ITF Junior world ranking.
He has been active in the Junior Development Program in Murfreesboro and directed
USTA junior state qualifying tournaments for five years.
Thornton is married to the former Michelle Wilson.