BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University announced, Thursday, the appointment of Jim Thomas as Head Women's Soccer Coach. Thomas joins the Broncos after spending the last five seasons as a Women's Assistant Coach at Washington.
"We are excited to have Jim on our staff," said Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle. "His recruiting connections in the Northwest and California will be invaluable as we continue to build our program. We look forward to the new perspective and energy that Jim brings to help our program continue to take steps forward."
Thomas helped Washington to a 50-28-11 record since 2008, turning the program around after the Huskies went 12-43-5 during the three years prior to his arrival. During his five seasons in Seattle, Washington made four NCAA Tournament appearances including a run to the Elite Eight in 2010. Thomas' duties with the program included the coordination of recruiting some of the nation's elite youth talent as well as leading on-field training sessions.
Thomas has seen success at various levels in the soccer arena, spending time as head coach at the community college, high school and club levels. Over the past decade, he has spent time with both the Crossfire Premier Soccer Club and the Northwest Nationals Premier Soccer Club, garnering four State Championships.
Prior to joining the staff at Washington, Thomas headed the men's team at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College from 2005-07 and served as head coach of Seattle's Roosevelt High School boys' varsity team from 2000-05.
Thomas hails from Bangor, Wales and graduated from Glamorgan University where he was a member of the college team which advanced to the sweet 16 of the National Cup. He was a starting forward for three seasons, two of them as the team's top scorer.