Will Thomas, a 2005 UConn graduate, enters his first year as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Connecticut. Thomas will be working mainly with jumps and throws. He is also the recruiting coordinator.
Thomas, a two-time team captain, was an outstanding athlete for the Huskies from 2001-2005 as he earned eight BIG EAST titles and was a three-time All-American. His accomplishments include four Outdoor Decathlon BIG EAST titles, two Indoor Pentathlon BIG EAST titles, an Indoor Heptathlon BIG EAST title and a High Jump BIG EAST title. Additionally, he was the 2003 BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Outdoor Field Performer and the 2004 BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Indoor Field Performer.
In 2003, Thomas was ranked seventh in the nation for the decathlon and 23rd in the world rankings by IAAF. His success in the national rankings led him to being a 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier in the decathlon and a two-time member of Team USA in the decathlon.
Thomas most recently served as the assistant coach at the University of California at Berkeley for men's and women's track and field. At UC Berkeley, Thomas was responsible for recruiting and coaching pole vault, men's multi-events and recruiting and assisting with the throwing events.
During his year stint with the Golden Bears, Thomas coached three All-Americans, aided in meet management, assisted in coaching the 2011 NCAA Decathlon Champion and created a Big Brother weekly academic program for freshman and at risk athletes.
Thomas also has experience as an assistant coach with Dartmouth College where he trained and developed the jumps and multi-event athletes, was the recruiting coordinator for the program and coached eight All-Ivy selections, two Heptagonal champions and one regional Qualifier in the long and triple jumps.
Prior to his year at Dartmouth, Thomas spent four years with Harvard University as the coaching assistant for men's and women's track and field. He was responsible for training and developing the vertical jump and multi-event athletes while also focusing on strength and conditioning. While assisting with the Crimson, Thomas coached 14 All-Ivy selections, eight Heptagonal champions, four All-Americans and one Olympic Trials finalist in the pole vault and high jump events.
A 2005 graduate of UConn, Thomas earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology. As a student-athlete at UConn, Thomas earned the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year awards.