Carissa Thielbar is set to begin her second season as an assistant coach at Bucknell. In her previous six seasons of collegiate coaching, Thielbar went to the NCAA Tournament five times as an assistant on teams in Division I, II and III, including one year working on Aaron Roussell’s staff at the University of Chicago.
Thielbar's primary responsbilites are with the team's guard/perimeter players. In her first season, she helped guide freshman Kyi English to a spot on the Patriot League All-Rookie Team and the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Additionally, the 2015-16 team smashed the program's single-season record with 202 3-pointers.
Thielbar arrived at Bucknell after spending the past four years at South Dakota State, one as a graduate assistant and the past three as a full-time assistant coach. The Jackrabbits made the NCAA Tournament in three of those four seasons and reached the final four of the WNIT in the other. Thielbar was in charge of the development of the team’s point guards, while also holding recruiting and scouting responsibilities. During her time there, the Jackrabbits posted a 99-36 record, including an amazing 53-9 mark in the Summit League, and won three conference regular season titles and three league tournament titles.
Prior to South Dakota State, Thielbar was a graduate assistant coach at Wayne State College, where she helped guide the team to a 26-4 record and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title. The Wildcats were ranked as high as sixth in the nation and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament. That came just one year after Thielbar went to the NCAA Division III Tournament as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago.
Thielbar received a master’s degree in sport and recreation studies from South Dakota State in 2013. She finished a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2009. While at Wisconsin-Superior, she was a three-year member of the women’s basketball team and averaged more than 10 points per game during her career.