James Thomas
James  Thomas

Associate Head Men's Coach - Men's & Women's Jumps/Combined Events


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Men's & Women's Jumps | Combined Events

Email: coach.thomas@ttu.edu

Coaching Timeline:
Texas Tech: 2013 - present
Kentucky: 2007 - 2012
TCU: 2005 - 2006
Sam Houston State: 2004

James Thomas is a veteran coach entering his fifth year at Texas Tech, where he oversees the men's & women's jumps and combined events. Thomas has coached great athletes and had success doing so in different parts of the country at the Division-1 level. During his tenure at Tech, Thomas' athletes have claimed 99 new entries into the Texas Tech All-Time performance list, including 32 during the 2016 season.

Two of Thomas’ student-athletes will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials, while another will represent the U.S. Junior National Team in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at the IAAF World U20 Championships in late July. Bradley Adkins & Trey Culver will take on the high jump beginning Friday, July 8, as they look to punch their to ticket to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. Earlier in the summer, Charles Brown won the U.S. Junior National Championship in the triple jump after leaping to a personal-best 16.35m/53-7.75 to qualify for World’s.

Thomas’ event group enjoyed a wealth of success in 2016. Trey Culver won the program’s second-straight NCAA Indoor men’s high jump title and third-straight among NCAA Championship meets (indoor-outdoor-indoor). Culver’s win made Texas Tech the first school to win the NCAA Indoor Championship in the event in back-to-back years with different athletes (JaCorian Duffield in 2015).

It was the first of two first team All-America honors for Culver in 2016, joining Bradley Adkins as three of the four earned by Texas Tech in 2016. Thomas’ student-athletes put up big numbers at the conference meets this season, as the women’s group accounted for 62 of Tech’s women’s team points at the indoor meet, en route to two Big 12 indoor titles. Texas Tech became the first school in Big 12 history to finish 1-2-3 in the pentathlon, led by Shanice Stewart, at the conference championship and Viershanie Latham won the program’s first indoor women’s triple jump title. His group also won three outdoor conference titles, while four of his men’s student-athletes combined to score 46 team points. Trey Culver & Bradley Adkins went 1-2 in the high jump, marking the third-straight year Tech teammates had swept the top spots, all three with different winners. Natalie Thompson & Kaylee Hinton also placed 1-2 in the heptathlon, which made it back-to-back titles for Thompson in the event. Charles Brown rounded out the championship winners, bringing him Tech’s third outdoor long jump crown in four years and became the first freshman to do so since 2010. Coach Thomas was named Women’s Assistant of the Year for the indoor season, his fifth USTFCCCA regional award while at Tech.

2015 was an historic year for Coach Thomas' team. JaCorian Duffield and Bradley Adkins not only claimed first and second in the men's high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but they duplicated their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The duo became the first teammates since 1939 (Southern California) to go 1-2 at the outdoor championships and the first teammates to go 1-2 at both the indoor and outdoor championships in the history of the NCAA.

Thomas' student-athletes represented five of Texas Tech's 11 first team All-America accolades earned in 2015. Along with Duffield and Adkins, Shanice Stewart earned indoor honors in the women's long jump. Duffield's Big 12 indoor and outdoor high jump titles helped the men's team earned runner-up finishes at both meets, which was the highest overall finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in school history. Natalie Thompson also took home the women's heptathlon crown at the outdoor meet as the Tech women finished third overall. Coach Thomas swept the Men's & Women's Assistant of the Year titles, his third and fourth USTFCCCA regional awards while at Tech.

When the Texas Tech men took home the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in front of the home crowd at the Terry & Linda Fuller Track & Field Complex, Coach Thomas' athletes contributed 80.5 points--just over half of the program-record 160.5 points--to the championship performance. Tech became the first Big 12 team to win a conference title at home since Colorado, in 2008. Coach Thomas' athletes delivered the first-ever Tech 1-2 sweep in the Big 12 men's long jump, and the first 1-2-3 sweep in the men's high jump in the history of the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, to help push the Red Raiders over the top.

In the 2015 indoor season, Thomas was responsible for five All-American performances, most notably the high jump, where Red Raiders JaCorian Duffield & Bradley Adkins became the first set of teammates in 41 years to finish 1-2 in the NCAA high jump final. Those 18 points were instrumental toward Tech's program-record 31 team points and fifth-place finish. Duffield, who also took home the 2015 Indoor Big 12 title, was named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region field athlete of the year for his exploits.

Awards & Accomplishments:

- 3 NCAA Champions

- 38 All-Americans

- 70 NCAA Qualifiers

- 39 school record performances

- 16 individual conference champions

- 2016 Indoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

- 2015 Outdoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

- 2015 Outdoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

- 2014 Indoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year

- 2014 Outdoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year

Texas Tech

o Instrumental part of Texas Tech's Big 12 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship in 2014

o Helped lead Texas Tech to two fifth-place men's team NCAA finishes (Highest in school history)

o 2016 Indoor National Champion Trey Culver 7'3.75 (2.23)

o First school in NCAA history to win back-to-back NCAA Indoor men’s high jump titles with different athletes

o 1st ever TTU & Big 12 1-2-3 sweep in the 2016 Big 12 Indoor Championship pentathlon

o 2016 U.S. Junior National Champion Charles Brown Triple Jump 53’-7.75” (13.65)

o 2016 Indoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year

o 2015 Outdoor & Indoor National Championship High Jump 1-2 Sweep (Duffield & Adkins) (1st time in NCAA history)

o 2015 Outdoor National Champion JaCorian Duffield 7'5.75 (2.28)

o 2015 Outdoor National Championships High Jump 1-2 Sweep (Duffield & Adkins) (1st since 1939)

o 2015 Outdoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year

o 2015 Outdoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year

o 2015 Indoor National Champion JaCorian Duffield 7'6 (2.29)

o 2015 Indoor National Championship High Jump 1-2 sweep (Duffield & Adkins) (1st since 1974)

o 2015 Shanice Stewart 4th place long jump finish at Indoor National Championships

o 2015 Mountain Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year- JaCorian Duffield

o 4 high jumpers over the 7ft barrier during 2014-2015 season

o 2015 3 women's triple jumpers eclipsed the 25 year old indoor triple jump school record (41'5.5)

o 2014 Indoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year

o 2014 Outdoor USTFCCCA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year

o Thomas' athletes scored a combined 80.5pts at 2014 Outdoor Big 12 Championships

o 2014 Two jumpers (Duffield & Adkins) finished in the NCAA Indoors top five. First time in Tech history and 1st time overall since 1999.

o 1st ever TTU & Big 12 1-2-3 sweep in the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championship high jump

o 1st ever TTU 1-2 sweep in the Big 12 long jump (Big 12 1st since 2003)

o 2015 Indoor Big 12 Champion- JaCorian Duffield (HJ)

o 2014 Outdoor Big 12 Champions- Bradley Adkins (HJ) Shuuja Benson (LJ)

o 2013 JaCorian Duffield & Bradley Adkins both broke 30 year old high jump record clearing 7'3.75 (2.23)

o 2013 JaCorian Duffield broke 30 year old outdoor record with a jump of 7'5.25" (2.27)

o Texas Tech By the numbers (through outdoor 2016)

- 3 National Champions

- 11 Big 12 Champions

- 26 NCAA All-Americans

- 39 NCAA National Qualifiers

- 110 All-Big Performances (Top 8 Finishers)

- 16 School record performances (6 current records)

- 99 Entries into the TTU All-Time Top 10 Performance List

- 9 Student-Athletes 4.0 academic semesters

- 13 Big 12 Athlete of the Week Award winners

  • University of Kentucky

o Helped lead UK to its first ever top 10 finish (#7) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, in 2007.

o 2007 Men's Track & Field News #1 Signing Class (1st in school history)

o Grant Lindsey- 2008 High Jump SEC Champion & NCAA Outdoor Runner-Up (7'5").

o SEC Freshman Field AOY Derrick Locke (All-SEC & NCAA Indoor All-American)

o Ashley Trimble & - 2009 SEC Pentathlon Champion & 2X NCAA All-American.

o Precious Nwokey- 2011 SEC Pentathlon Champion & 4X NCAA All-American.

o Terri-Ann Grant- NCAA Indoor high jump All-American (5'11 ½ ")

o Danielle Sampley- UK Freshman record holder and 2008 USA World Junior Member (Heptathlon)

o 2012 Sent three athletes to the NCAA championships in the men's triple jump (1 of 2 schools in NCAA)

o University of Kentucky By the Numbers (2007-2012)

- 3 SEC Champions

- 14 All-SEC Performances (Top 3 finishers)

- 12 All-Americans

- 30 NCAA National Qualifiers

- 18 School Record Performances

- 74 total entries into the UK All-time top-10 performance list.

- 16 Student-Athlete 4.0 academic semesters

- 1 SEC Athlete of the year award winner

- 5 SEC Athlete of the Week Awards

  • Texas Christian University

o Thomas served two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator

o Thomas' athletes contributed to top 25 seasonal ranking on both the men's and women's teams.

o 2006 Jonathan Jackson posted a personal-best mark of 53'0 (16.16) in the triple jump, which marked the farthest jump in the MWC and #8 performance in the NCAA.

o 2006 Jonathon Jackson was the MWC Outdoor Champion & Michael DuPriest was the MWC Indoor runner-up.

o 2005 Cleavon Dillon boasted the #7 performance in the NCAA with a long jump leap of 25'7 (7.80)

o Jackson's performance was the longest TJ mark in TCU history and Dillon's mark was the 2nd best in school history.

o Help lead the TCU men's program to a runner-up finish at the 2005 MWC Outdoor Championships

o TCU By the Numbers (2005-2006)

- 1 Conference Champion

- 6 All-Conference Performances (Top-3 finishers)

- 2 School record performances

- 11 Entries in the TCU All-Top top 10 performance list

- 1 Student-Athlete 4.0 academic semesters

  • Sam Houston State University

o 2004 Signe Vest-Peterson Outdoor Heptathlon Champion who also earned the SHSU pentathlon & heptathlon School Record holder

o 2004 Coached SHSU's 1st ever women's javelin NCAA qualifier Signe Bech to a toss of 160'9 (49.00) and also a school record holder

o 2004 Randy Flach became SHSU's 1st ever indoor heptathlon NCAA provisional qualifier

o Coached 5 top-3 finishers at the 2004 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships

o Sam Houston State University By the Numbers (2004)

- 1 NCAA Qualifier

- 1 Southland Conference Champion

- 7 All-Southland Conference Performances (Top-3 finishers)

- 3 School record performances

- 17 entries into the SHSU All-Time top-5 performances list

- 3 Student-Athletes 4.0 academic semesters

  • Education

- Masters of Science in Health & Human Performance (Athletic Administration)

Texas A&M University- Commerce

- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

Sam Houston State University

- High School- Mayde Creek High School, Houston, TX

- USTFCCCA Jumping Event Specialist

- USATF Level II Certification- Jumps

- USATF Level II Certification- Sprints


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