Erins Peaceful Heart

Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic

How awesome is this…Erin’s former school where she played basketball (Orange Coast College) has named their annual Christmas Tournament in honor of her. I remember being home for the holidays and going to watch her play in this tournament. It still amazes me how she touched so many people and the ripples will continue to spread as we remember her always.

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Our annual Christmas tournament now bears the name of a former OrangeCoast women’s basketball standout, her name will be remembered throughout these parts for along time to come.On Monday, May 17, 2010, Erin passed away to to complications from a viral infection in a San Luis Obispo Hospital at the age of 30.Tomlinson placed at OCC from 1998-2000 and move on the UC Irvine from 2000-2002.

“Erin was one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever had here at Coast,” OCC head coach Mike Thorton said of Tomlinson.  “We always had to fight her to keep her out of the gym because she always wanted to keep working on her game.  She was an oustanding high school player at Stockdale High School,

but her dream was to play Division I basketball and after Coast, she was able to fulfill here dream and play at UC Irvine. She will always be remembered here at OCC and she’ll be forever missed.”Tomlinson earned first-team, All-Orange Empire Conference honors as a freshman at OCC, averaging 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.  She led the Pirates with 351 points, but was named her team’s Most Outstanding Defender. OCC finished the regular season 26-7 overal efore falling in the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.As a sophomore, Tomlinson averages 9.8 points, 6.5 rebonds and 3.2 assists per game and helped lead thePirates to the Southern California Regional Finals and a then-best 27-6 record as a sophmore before losing to Cerritos College, 84-80.

Prior to her collegiate career, Tomlinson helped lead Stockdale High School to the Valley Championship and was named the Bakersfield Player of the Year as a senior.Her hard work, intesity and passion for basketball will never be forgotten here at OCC.

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