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Blugold Hall of Fame
Andrea Bussler (Thompson)

Thompson was a four-year starter at catcher for Blugold coaches Bonni Kinne, Deb Allyn and Bruce Finke from 1988-91, leading the Blugolds to their first conference championship in 1991.

Thompson still ranks third on the school's all-time RBI list with 110. She was a three-time team MVP, three-time All-Conference pick and a second team All-American in 1991.

Thompson played on Blugold teams that were 96-64 overall including a then school-record 28-12 mark in 1991. She batted .320 for her career with a .369 on base percentage and .400 slugging percentage. She struck out only 15 times in more than 500 career at bats and never committed an error as a backstop during her senior season.

Following her graduation from UWEC in December, 1991, the Brownton, Minnesota native earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication, Business and Sports Studies from Oregon State. In 1995, she accepted a position as the Coordinator for Intramural Sports at the University of Maryland. She worked herself up to Associate Director for Facilities, overseeing the construction of the $45 million Campus Recreation Center. She now has supervision responsibilities for 22 acres of outdoor recreation space and over 400,000 square feet of indoor facilities, including the recent addition of the historic 12,000 seat Cole Fieldhouse. Thompson continues to be active in recreational sports at the university and in the local community, participating in softball, flag football, basketball and golf.

Married in 1998, Thompson and her husband Byron have two children: Taylor, 3; and Travis, 1.

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Athletics • McPhee 208 • Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

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