Deborah Thurston, a former basketball and track letter winner at UCLA, has been named cross-country coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She takes over from Jeff Tribole, who resigned. Thurston will coach both the men’s and women’s teams. She also will act as an assistant coach for women’s basketball.
Thurston, a native of East St. Louis, Ill., was a high school All-American in basketball at Lincoln High and led the track team to three state titles. At UCLA she was a four-year varsity basketball player and ran track for two seasons. She graduated in 1984 with a degree in sociology. Since then she has served as track and basketball coach at L.A. City College.
The school also announced that it will not compete in track in 1986. The Toros do not have 14 athletes, the NCAA minimum for a track team.