Julie Thompson
Klay Thompson Mother Julie White Thompson-picture
Personal information
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Career information
High school Ridgefield
(Ridgefield, Washington)
College Portland (1982-1983)
San Francisco (1984-1985)
Position Outside Hitter

Julie Thompson (née Leslie) is an American former college volleyball player for University of San Francisco of West Coast Conference and is the wife of former NBA player Mychal Thompson. She is the mother of current NBA player Klay Thompson.


Thompson was interested in sports from an early age, which was partly influenced by her two older brothers. Her first love was gymnastics, but she played all sports including volleyball. She attended Ridgefield High School in Ridgefield, Washington where she was a track and volleyball star. During Thompson’s junior and senior seasons, the Ridgefield High girls volleyball team finished second in the state in 1980 and ’81. In track, Thompson won the state Class-A long jump title at 18 feet, 6½ inches.

Thompson was recruited by a number of teams, including Oregon State and University of the Pacific. She committed to University of Portland, because she chose academics over sports. Thompson played college volleyball at the University of Portland where she was a standout outside hitter, and was twice named to the ALL-tournament team. She transferred to the University of San Francisco for her last two years of volleyball. She red-shirted her first season there, but during the next season, in a match against Pepperdine, she blew out a knee ligament. After recovering, she played her senior season under a new coach, Laurie Corbelli.

Personal Life Edit

While in college, she met professional basketball player Mychal Thompson, two-time NBA champion for the Los Angeles Lakers. The couple got married in 1987, and she gave birth to three sons Mychel (b. 1988), Klay (b. 1990), and Trayce (b. 1991). Mychel is a shooting guard for the Santa Cruz Warriors, while Klay is a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors, and Trayce is an outfielder for the Chicago White Sox.

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