West Virginia Mountaineer forward defender James "JT" Thomas will be inducted into the Minor League Soccer News Hall of Fame on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the Oasis Resort and Casino in Mesquite, Nevada.
Thomas' nomination has been reviewed by the MLFN board of directors, and he received a notice of acceptance on July 30.
"It is indeed an honor to receive this honor," Thomas said. "I thank everyone for their support over the years."
Thomas has strong leadership, unremitting professional ethics and passion for the game, and has become the driving force for the promotion and development of the Midwest minor leagues and semi-professional football.
JT Thomas's story football career can be divided into three different chapters: players, coaches and executives. Thomas University began his career at the Fort Scott Community College in Kansas in 1992. After the sophomore season, Thomas transferred to West Virginia University [WVU].
In two seasons at Fort Scott-both team captains-Thomas won two full Kansas Jayhawk League honors in the outside guard and defender in the 1992 Sun Bowl Valley game. Among WVU's inside guards, Thomas won two "Mountain Club" awards in recognition of their outstanding performance on the court, winning two honors in the US Eastern Conference, and winning the game in the 1994 CarQuest Bowl. Defensive player. He also leads two teams to tackle each season.
A successful college career allowed Thomas to join the Charleston Rockets in the semi-professional football tour in 1996, where he was able to play alongside the former West Virginia great Major Major Harris. Back at the perimeter guard, Thomas led the tackle team and became the All-Star League after the Rockets completed 11 games in the regular season 10-1. Thomas tried to bring the semi-professional ball to the Arena Football League with Albany Firebirds in 1997, but ended his career with a leg injury on the third day of training camp.
Thomas's next step is not helmets and pads, but his next football career featuring headphones and a clipboard. After serving as a defensive coordinator for a 13- to 16-year-old youth championship team, Thomas returned to semi-professional football in 2000 as West Virginia WHAM head coach! Thomas is based in Morgantown, West Virginia. He won 3 Coach of the Year awards with a win rate of 0.695 [41 wins and 18 losses] and coached WHAM for 6 All-Star games in 6 seasons. !! Head coach.
In 2001, Thomas also led WHAM! Participate in the Ohio State Football League [MOFL] Championship.
In the 2003 season, Thomas took over all ownership of WHAM! When he left WHAM! In the sideline in 2005, he decided to shift his full-time energy to the success of developing semi-professional football and WHAM! Franchise. Thomas has held executive positions in the Ohio Valley Football League and MOFL for two years since he stopped coaching. In January 2007, Thomas was promoted to MOFL Commissioner.
Currently, Thomas oversees the daily operations of MOFL-MOFL is an expanding, semi-professional league of 10 teams across Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. His passion for semi-professional football matches his desire to see MOFL [and every minor league football organization] provide competitive, organized, developmental and entertaining football products to players and fans in the game. Stand up.
Thomas is also a semi-professional sports consultant for League Level, LLC, a company that provides marketing and promotional strategies for organizations that focus on amateur and semi-professional sports.
He currently lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with his wife Rochelle and two children [Jared, 3, and AJ, 10]. Thomas also has a former son, son JT Thomas III.