Tiger Baseball Head Coach:
Thomas, a native of Ambridge, Penn., was hired in the fall of 2014 by Voorhees as the new head baseball coach. In his first season as head coach the tigers finished with a record of 10-21 which was the first ten win season in five years. In the spring of 2015, the tigers finished with a record of 14-23 which ties the best record for the program since 2004. In the spring of 2017, the Voorhees Tigers finished .500 with a record of 20-20. The 2017 season was the best season for the Voorhees Baseball program in over 15 seasons. Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of 23 players had grade point averages of 3.0 and higher. During the 2016-2017 season, the tigers continued their academic success with ten student-athletes finishing with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. In each of his three season at the helm, players have been recognized for their athletic achievements by the Palmetto Baseball Blog which brings attention to all levels of collegiate baseball in the state of South Carolina. A number of players were also honored by black college nines, an independent website/blog which focuses on the baseball programs at historical black colleges and universities. With a record of 20-20, the Voorhees Tigers landed the 9th spot in the final top ten poll for the 2017 season.
Prior to coming to Voorhees, Thomas served as the pitching coach for Penn State Greater Allegheny, which is a campus of Pennsylvania State University. Along with being responsible for the pitching staff, Thomas created a strengthening and conditioning program, organized the recruiting list and recruiting visits and monitored and assisted in the progress of pitchers on the roster in this role. Thomas was also responsible for the pitching staff finishing a 52-game season with a team earned run average of 3.79 in 2013. Additionally in 2013, the team had two United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Americans as well as the Penn State University Athletic Conference pitcher of the year on their way to being USCAA National Runner-Ups. In 2014, the pitching staff achieved success again with an ERA of 3.12 while repeating as regular season and PSUAC conference champions. During this season the Nittany Lions had three all-conference pitchers, conference pitcher of the year, and two USCAA all-Americans.
Thomas has devoted plenty of time to coaching collegiate summer baseball, most recent serving as pitching coach and interim head coach of the Genesee Rapids in the New York Collegiate Summer League in 2016. The list of other leagues consist of: Charlotte Crushers of the Carolina-Virginia League (2014), Surf Riders of the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Summer League (2013), Butler BlueSox of the Prospect League (2012), and the Tradewater Pirates of the Ohio Valley League (2011). During the summer of 2015 and 2017, Thomas was an assistant coach under friend and college teammate Sean Holliday with the 15 and 16 year old Triple Crown Training program located in Coraopolis, Pa. In the summer of 2018 Thomas will serve as the pitching coach for the D.C. Gray’s in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer League. Thomas was also an assistant varsity and head junior varsity baseball coach at Ambridge High School in Pennsylvania for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Thomas also serves as an instructor within the sports management department. Thomas received his dual Master’s degree (sport management & sports coaching) in 2013 and Certificate of NCAA Compliance in 2015 both from the United States Sports Academy, and a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Slippery Rock University in 2010.