After leading Elmhurst to its best season in over 30 years in 2016-17, Tethnie Carrillo returns for her 12th season as the head coach of the Elmhurst College women's basketball program.
Last season, Carrillo guided Elmhurst to a fifth consecutive trip to the CCIW Tournament. In 2016-17, she led Elmhurst to a 19-7 overall record and an 11-5 mark in the CCIW. The team made its fourth consecutive trip to the CCIW tournament and recorded its most CCIW victories since the 1990-91 season. The 19 overall wins was the most in a single-season since the 1985-86 team won 24. Mikaela Eppard earned first-team all-conference and all-region accolades while taking home third-team All-America honors as well. Kaela Jones earned the second straight all-conference honor of her career as a second-team selection.
In 2016, Fiona McMahon and Eppard swept the top two awards in the CCIW. McMahon earned first-team all-conference accolades and was named the league's "Player of the Year" while Eppard earned second-team honors and was tabbed as the conference's "Newcomer of the Year." McMahon was also named as a first-team all-region and third-team All-America selection from D3hoops.com
Carrillo guided the Bluejays to an 18-9 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the CCIW during the 2009-10 season. The Bluejays advanced to the CCIW Tournament final for the first time in school history and finished just one win shy of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays' 18 wins were the most victories since the 1985-86 season. Elmhurst's 10 CCIW wins were the most victories since the 1990-91 season. Carrillo coached Megan Ney, Meghan Merklein and Lyndsie Long to all-CCIW honors in 2010. Long became the first player in Elmhurst history to earn All-America honors from both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and D3hoops.com. Long also became the first Bluejay to earn CCIW Player of the Year honors while also being named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy.
In addition to the Bluejays' success on the court, the 2009-10 squad also had success in the classroom. Elmhurst finished the season ranked 25th in the nation in the WBCA's Academic Top-25 honor roll with a combined 3.392 grade-point average.
Carrillo's teams have qualified for the CCIW Tournament seven times in her 11 seasons as the Bluejays' head coach. Her players have garnered 20 all-conference honors, six all-region accolades, and three All-America awards.
Before taking over head coaching duties at Elmhurst, Carrillo served as an assistant coach under Hope Semper for four seasons from 2002-2006. In addition to serving as Elmhurst's junior varsity head coach during those seasons, Carrillo helped lead the Bluejay women to two of their most successful seasons. Elmhurst closed out the 2004-05 season with a 15-11 mark and qualified for its first-ever CCIW Tournament appearance. In 2005-06, the Bluejays finished 17-8, the team's best finish since the 1985-86 season. It marked only the second time in school history that the team posted back-to-back seasons of at least 15 wins.
Carrillo spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State University. While at Lake Superior Sate, Werner helped guide the Lakers to an 18-9 overall record while also serving as the team's recruiting coordinator.
Carrillo also spent several years coaching at the high school level including stops at Lyndon High School (Lyndon, Kan.), Emporia High School (Emporia, Kan.) and Jefferson High School (Conception Jct., Mo.).
A 1999 graduate of Emporia State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, Carrillo spent a season as a member of the school's NCAA Division II basketball team.
Carrillo received a Master of Science in Education degree in physical education and coaching from Ball State University in 2005.
Carrillo and her husband, Carlos, reside in Plainfield with their daughters, Mia and Mikayla.