Sam Tomlinson Profile

Born of Olympian parents, Ray and Sandra Tomlinson, it seems I was destined to played basketball. From toddler years a basketball was always in my hands and I started in the junior ranks of the Melbourne Tigers Girls Basketball Club. With guidance from my father Ray Tomlinson, I entered the college pathway at NAIA level in Auburn-Montgomery then transferred to a Division One University in Troy, Alabama.

It was here that my college team won the title of Conference Champions and entered the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Following these Championships, I was selected for the WNBA Draft followed by an invitation as 1 of 18 selected to the Utah Starzz Training camp in the WNBA.

After this stint with WNBA and graduating from my psychology degree, my professional journey entered a coaching path at three major Division One colleges during the early 2000's, Auburn University, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State Universities.

Prior to my US basketball career, I was a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. I played for Victoria from Under 16’s through to Under 20’s, where we won five of five National Championships. This was followed by being a part of Australian Women’s Basketball history when my team won the first international Gold Medal for Australia in basketball: the Australian “Gems’’ Junior National Team (1993).

After winning at the Junior World Championships I played for Melbourne Tigers in the WNBL.

Following my elite playing career, and appreciating the value of the contribution it has made to my life, I wanted to show our junior Aussie girls how they can achieve this too and the possibilities and potentialities that could develop in their own lives.

Being the eldest of four daughters, who are all basketball professionals, has given me a sense of responsibility in nurturing and mentoring young female basketballers and I would like to include other young exciting female players in this mentoring.

The Tomlinson name is synonymous with success in basketball in Australia and internationally.

Simply stated I am quite knowledgeable in basketball on both sides of the globe and have a world of knowledge and experience, as well as being a friendly, encouraging individual that knows and has worked in the game in various levels and both countries.