Jackie Thayer-Craft played women’s volleyball for legendary head coach Susie Toomey, helping the Tornado to back-to-back Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference championships and NCCAA National Tournament appearances in 1991-92. The Tornado won an impressive 83 matches in those two years, against just 16 losses.
Thayer-Craft helped lead King to a 40-8 record in 1991, culminating in a TVAC championship and an NAIA District 24 third place finish. The Tornado won the NCCAA District 2 championship that season while taking third at the NCCAA National Tournament. In 1992, King repeated as conference and NCCAA District 2 champions, and again finished third at the NCCAA National Tournament.
As an individual, Thayer-Craft earned NCCAA All-America status at the national tournament after being named to the NCCAA District all-tournament team. She also garnered TVAC all-conference honors. In 1992 she was again honored as an NCCAA All-American while garnering all-tournament honors at the NCCAA National Tournament. Thayer-Craft was selected as an NCCAA All-District 2 performer while garner all-tournament honors at both the NCCAA District Tournament and national tournament. Along with being named All-TVAC, she also garnered NAIA All-District 24 recognition.
Thayer-Craft came to King from Abingdon, Virginia and graduated from King in 1993 with a degree in psychology. She was inducted into the King Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.