Coach Eli Thornton earned his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Southern Oregon University followed by a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. He has worked 9 years in Education, 4 years at San Joaquin Valley College and 5 years at the high school level. Coach Thornton’s entering his fourth year as a School Counselor, his second at Woodside High School.
Coach Thornton was a standout high school player at Victor Valley High School where he was a 3-year varsity starter, won 1st team all-area, and 2nd team all-CIF honors. He continued his basketball career at Victor Valley Community College for two seasons. His success earned him an athletic scholarship to Southern Oregon University where he played his final two seasons of his collegiate career.
Coach Thornton started his coaching career at the AAU level, coaching a travel team in Southern California. He later joined his alma mater, Victor Valley High School, as the freshmen basketball coach. After two seasons, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Victor Valley College Women’s Team. After one season at the Community College level, Coach Thornton returned to his alma mater for a second stint as the head JV coach and varsity assistant. Coach Thornton was later promoted to run the boys basketball program as the head varsity coach for 2 seasons. In addition to his coaching experience, he has also served as a skills trainer where he has trained youth in the community, several college athletes, and overseas professional players.