UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Spider Baseball Head Coach Tracy Woodson has announced the addition of R.J. Thomas as the pitching coach for the 2017-18 season.
Thomas comes to Richmond following a five-year stint as the head coach at Southwestern State in Georgetown, Texas. During his time at the helm, the Pirates played in three-straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments, and advanced to the finals in 2016. In addition, he's had 15 All-SCAC honorees, including the 2015 SCAC Player of the Year.
“I feel very fortunate to have found someone as experienced and capable as R.J. to take over our pitching staff,” said Woodson. “R.J. has done it all within a baseball program and been successful in every aspect. He has a stellar reputation based on his ability to develop his players and his pitching staff. I honestly feel we have strengthened the part of the game where we have lacked performance the last couple of years. I have no doubt that our pitchers will embrace R.J. and his ability to develop and improve their performances on the mound. Once again I would like to welcome R.J., his wife Stephanie, and their two daughters Sophie and Isabel to the Spider Baseball family.”
Prior to his time at Southwestern State, Thomas was tasked with reviving the Hendrix College baseball program. His tenure was highlighted by a 2009 SCAC Tournament Championship and also was named the SCAC Coach of the Year.
In 2012, he guided Hendrix to a second-place finish in SCAC Western Division and another postseason berth.
Thomas is a 2004 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a pitcher for the Bears, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.