James Thomas was hired in December of 2004 to work with the TCU long and triple jumpers and coordinate the Frogs' recruiting efforts.
Thomas comes to TCU after spending one year as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State University where he oversaw the javelin throw and the jumps. While at Sam Houston he tutored NCAA regional qualifiers in the high jump and javelin. Under his guidance, Signe Bech was an NCAA national qualifier in the javelin with a school record mark of 160-9.
Thomas, a native of Houston, lettered in both basketball and track & field at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho where he was an all-American in the javelin and triple jump. He transferred to Sam Houston for his senior year and earned all-Southland Conference honors in his final campaign. He earned NCAA all-region honors and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. Thomas set the school records in the javelin (227-7) and in the indoor pentathlon (3515). In addition, he earned academic all-Southland Conference honors.
Thomas is a USATF Level II certified coach in the jumps and worked as a graduate assistant instructor in the Sam Houston State Health and Kinesiology department. He is slated to earn his Master's degree from Sam Houston State in May.