Thomas rejoins the program for the 2018-19 season after a brief stint as an assistant with the Tigers in 2007, helping Hampden-Sydney to its tenth ODAC Championship and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Most recently, Thomas has been the Director of Athletics and Head Basketball Coach at Fuqua School. Thomas has over 20 years of head coaching experience at the high school level, including successful tenures at L.C. Bird High School, being twice named the Dominion District Coach of the Year and taking Bird to the VHSL Class AAA State Championship game in 2011; St. Christopher's, earning Prep League Coach of the Year honors in 2005 while guiding the team to a #6 ranking in the VISAA State Basketball Poll; and King William High School, earning four Coach of the Year honors. Thomas has also had experience at the collegiate level, serving as the Director of Basketball Operations at the College of William & Mary during the 2005-06 season and as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney for the 2006-07 season.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to come back and coach at Hampden-Sydney," Thomas stated. "It is truly an honor to be a part of the H-SC basketball family of great coaches and players. I am eager to start working with the development of returning players and new players coming in."
Throughout his career, he has coached Hampden-Sydney alumni, including Kristian Hargadon '01, Kevin Swann '01, and JaVonte Reddick '17, as well as the Johnson brothers in Malik (Canisius) and Robert (Atlanta Hawks), and Will Hardy, who is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.
"Chuck and I met 20-plus years ago when he attended a team camp at Hampden-Sydney," Vick added. "We became friends at that point and have remained close. We worked together one year at William & Mary, and I have recruited several of his players from King William, James River, St. Christopher's, L.C. Bird, and Fuqua. Chuck is one of the best coaches I have ever been around at any level, and I know he is going to make us better."