Hanna Thompson, who helped the USA Women's Foil Fencing Team win the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, joined the Duke fencing program as an assistant coach on August 1, 2008.
A 2006 graduate of Ohio State University, Thompson was a four-time NCAA All-America and helped the Buckeyes capture the 2004 NCAA National Championship. Thompson also placed third individually at the NCAA Championships in 2002 and 2004 and helped Ohio State capture four consecutive Midwest Championship titles.
Thompson has also competed with six national teams and two junior squads, earning a third-place team medal at the 2002 Junior World Championships in Trapani, Italy. In 2005, she won a Senior National Championship with the Rochester Fencing Club and also helped that squad bring in five senior team titles.
Thompson has also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State from 2005-07.
Thompson double-majored in Sociology and Criminology at Ohio State while minoring in History. She has an older sister, Emily, who is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado-Denver, and a twin sister, Metta, who was also an All-America fencer at Ohio State and is currently working as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Duke Hospital.