Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori completed her staff for the 2012-13 season with the recent hiring of Administrative Assistant/Video Coordinator Austin Thoms and Graduate Assistant Manager Dominique Kelley.
"We're excited to complete our staff for the upcoming season," Yori said. "Austin and Dominique are talented, energetic and have great potential. Austin has an impressive skill set, and we think he will bring some great energy to our video breakdown. We know Dominique is a tremendous leader with great character. She gained coaching experience last year while she was still completing her degree at Nebraska, and hopefully this will be a great next step on her way to a coaching career."
Thoms (pronounced TOMES) replaces Shawn Gilbert in his role as administrative assistant/video coordinator after Gilbert resigned his position to take a job in the private sector in June. Thoms was a four-year letterman as a college basketball player, competing his first two seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) at Concordia in Seward, Neb., before spending his final two years at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Thoms was a Daktronics NAIA Division II All-America Scholar-Athlete as a senior guard in 2010 at Taylor, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management in May of 2010.
A native of Fort Wayne, Ind., Thoms previously worked as a volunteer assistant women's basketball coach at Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne during the summer of 2009. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Thoms was a graduate assistant men's basketball coach at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu. He earned his master's degree in human resource management from Hawaii Pacific in May of 2012.
In his role at Nebraska, Thoms will handle all aspects of team video, including filming of the Huskers' practices and games along with breakdown of opposing team video and video exchange. He will also assist with various administrative duties in the women's basketball office, while also serving as Camp Director of Coach Connie Yori's Women's Basketball Camps.
Kelley joins the Husker staff after earning her bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Nebraska in May of 2012. The Lincoln Northeast High School graduate claimed honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades as a junior on the best Husker women's basketball team in school history in 2009-10. Kelley averaged 12.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 43.1 percent from three-point range to help the Huskers capture the 2010 Big 12 Conference regular-season title. She helped power NU to a perfect 29-0 regular-season record and 30 consecutive wins to open the season. Nebraska finished the year with a 32-2 mark after earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and making the school's first-ever NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
During the Huskers' three games in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Kelley averaged 18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 60 percent from the field.
Kelley's senior season in 2010-11 was cut short by knee injuries. Through the first 11 games as a starter, Kelley averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Before being sidelined by injuries, Kelley started the first 110 games of her NU career. Despite missing more than 15 games as a senior, Kelley still finished among the top 20 scorers in school history with 1,107 points. She also ranks No. 3 in Nebraska history in career three-point percentage (.389) and sixth in career free throws made (383) and attempted (490).
While completing her bachelor's degree at Nebraska in 2011-12, Kelley served as assistant coach and junior varsity coach for the Doane College women's basketball program.
Kelley's primary responsibilities at Nebraska include assisting with practice preparation and administrative duties, while coordinating Nebraska's efforts on Twitter and Facebook. She will also play a role with Coach Connie Yori's Nebraska Women's Basketball Camps. Kelley, who was married to Clyde Johnson in mid-June, will be pursuing her master's degree in education administration.