After two seasons serving as an assistant coach, Michael Thomas begins his third season with the Titans as the Associate Head Coach after being promoted in July 2016. Thomas joined the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer program in July of 2014.
"This is a well-deserved promotion," said Titans Head Coach Demian Brown said. "As a program we are extremely fortunate to have the service and expertise that Michael provides on a daily basis."
During his first two years with the program, the Titans have won back-to-back regular season Big West Conference championships (2014, 2015) and back-to-back Big West Conference Tournament titles (2014, 2015) while making two consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament first round (2014, 2015).
In addition, Fullerton has amassed a record of 26-11-6 overall (.674) and a mark of 12-2-2 (.813) in Big West Conference matches. Furthermore, the Titans have collected six National Soccer Coaches of Association of America All-West Region honors, two Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year awards, one Big West Conference Midfielder of the Year honor, one Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year award, two Big West Conference Tournament MVP honors, 13 all-Big West Conference awards and nine Big West Conference Players of the Week.
Off the field, in the last two seasons, the Titans have had two senior CLASS Award candidates, two Big West Conference Scholar Athletes of the Year and 18 Big West all-academic honors.
In 2015, the Titans received their first NSCAA national ranking since 2008, while setting records for most home wins (11) and fewest defeats (3) in a single season. In addition, Rebecca Wilson was named a semifinalist for the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy and became the program’s first NSCAA First Team All-American.
In 2014, Fullerton went undefeated for the second time in Big West Conference matches (6-0-2).
Prior to joining the Titan staff, Thomas served as head coach at the University of Buffalo for six years (2008-13). During his tenure with the Bulls, he tutored 12 Mid-American all-conference, all-tournament and all-academic honorees, fielding his most successful squad in 2011.
Thomas coached the most improved team in the nation during the 2011 season as the Bulls finished with a record of 12-5-4, eleven more wins than it had the previous season, and an improvement of almost 200 places in the national RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). The team also made the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time since 2003.
The team ranked nationally in shutouts (with 11), three players were named to the postseason conference teams and the program made its second trip ever to the MAC semifinal round before losing to eventual champion Toledo.
Off the field, Thomas led the program to a 991 multi-year APR (Academic Progress Rate), a 1,000 multi-year eligibility/graduation rate and a 982 multi-year retention rate.
During his time with the Bulls, Thomas also coached with Empire United Soccer Club.
Prior joining Buffalo, Thomas helped lead the University of Denver to four NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons as an assistant coach for the Pioneers. He helped the team to a 90-25-12 record during that time. The Pioneers made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including one following their 2007 Sun Belt Championship.
During the 2007 season, Denver defeated Stanford, who was ranked No. 1 in the country at the time, by a 1-0 decision. In 2006, the Pioneers had an .848 winning percentage, sixth best in the nation. Denver was successful in the classroom too, as the team won the Sun Belt Conference team academic award with a 3.4 GPA. The Pioneers also had winning percentages in the national top 10 in 2002 (.857) and 2003 (.818).
Thomas was also a technical advisor and staff coach for the Colorado Fusion Soccer Club, where he directed over 40 teams, making it the fourth largest youth soccer club in Denver. In 2006, Thomas was a coach for the Olympic Development Program.
Prior to joining Denver, Thomas spent one season at the University of Memphis and a year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. At Green Bay, he assisted with both the men’s and women’s program, becoming a Horizon League finalist with the men’s squad. While at Green Bay, Thomas acted as the northern coordinator for the girls Olympic Development Program.
Thomas was a professional soccer player in 1998-99 with the Myrtle Beach Sea Dawgs of the United Soccer League and again played in the league in 2000.
Thomas received a Bachelor’s of Arts in history from Fort Lewis College, graduating with honors in 1998. At Fort Lewis, Thomas was a member of the men’s soccer team that won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. Thomas received a Master’s of Arts in human communication from the University of Denver in 2005. Thomas has also held an “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation since July 2004.
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
• 2014 NCAA First Round
• 2015 NCAA First Round
• 2014 Big West Regular Season Championship
• 2014 Big West Tournament Championship
• 2015 Big West tri-Regular Season Championship
• 2015 Big West Tournament Championship
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