|Heath Thomas - Assistant Football Coach/Running Backs|
Former University of Alabama kicker Heath Thomas begins his second season on Buddy Stephens’ football coaching staff at East Mississippi Community College. Having joined the EMCC athletic family prior to last year’s NJCAA National Championship football season, Thomas continues to handle the day-to-day coaching responsibilities of the Lions’ running backs and special teams units.
A year ago in his debut EMCC season with the Lions’ record-setting offensive unit, Thomas helped mentor running back Rodriguez Moore, who ranked fourth nationally with 1,303 rushing yards in addition to making 44 receptions out of the Lions’ backfield.
Thomas came to the Scooba campus a year ago from perennial in-state powerhouse Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he spent the spring months of 2011 working with the 2010 state junior college football champions. During his brief stint with the Bulldogs, Thomas worked with the team’s running backs throughout spring practice activities and served as the program’s assistant strength coach.
Prior to joining the community college coaching ranks, Thomas stayed on at his alma mater serving as a special teams coaching assistant while also pursuing his master’s degree in human environmental sciences with an emphasis on sport management. On Nick Saban’s coaching staff at the University of Alabama, Thomas aided in the organization and development of the Crimson Tide’s game day scouting reports and daily practice sessions as the staff’s special teams quality control analyst.
During his undergraduate days in Tuscaloosa, Thomas was a four-year member of the Crimson Tide football team as a kickoff specialist, punter and placekicker. As a senior, he was a member of Alabama’s 2009 BCS National Championship squad. He also garnered a place on the SEC’s 2009-10 Academic Honor Roll while earning his bachelor’s degree in general health studies.
A multi-time Dean’s List scholar at the University of Alabama, Thomas was a four-year member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization. He was also a member of the Future Alumni for Tradition and Excellence (FATE) organization.
A native of Montgomery, Ala., Thomas handled punting and placekicking duties as well as serving as a starting linebacker for head football coach Randy Ragsdale at Trinity Presbyterian School. He averaged 40 yards per punt to earn all-metro honors as a senior, while he also achieved 100-percent touchback results on his kickoffs for the year. In addition, Thomas ranked second on the team with 97 tackles in 2004, including three sacks along with two forced fumbles. As a junior starter, Thomas helped lead the 2003 Wildcats to the Class 4A state football championship and the third of an eventual four straight conference titles. He also lettered in baseball and basketball during his prep playing days at Trinity Presbyterian School.
Thomas is the son of Paul and Beverly Thomas of Montgomery, Ala. He also has an older sister, Rachel.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 August 2012 )|