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The 2017 season will usher in the 18th year of the Adam Thomas era as the Pirate Head Baseball Coach. Thomas took control of the CVCC Baseball program in June of 1999, and at that time was the youngest head baseball coach in the history of the ACCC. During the 2016 campaign, Thomas became Chattahoochee Valley’s All Time Winningest Coach, with win number 631 in the NJCAA World Series, surpassing former legendary coach, BR Johnson. Known for his ability to relate well with his players, Thomas serves not only as the Pirates’ on the field leader, but also an academic, social, athletic, and spiritual mentor to his players on and off the field.
Thomas is a big proponent of education in addition to baseball, as evidenced by the baseball team’s GPA. It has surpassed the 3.0 mark for the fourteenth consecutive year. The Pirate baseball team consistently ranks high at a national level, with the 2010 edition of the Pirates posting a program record 3.35 overall team GPA. Additionally, the Pirate baseball team once again, earned the prestigious status of being named the NJCAA Academic Team of the Year in baseball following the 2016 season, making them a seven-time recipient of this esteemed honor (2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) in the past ten years. Furthermore, 21 of his student-athletes have earned Academic All-American status, with countless others being named to the Academic All-Region team.
Thomas’ players have not only thrived in the classroom, but have been extremely successful in moving on to the next level of baseball through signing scholarships to four-year institutions and/or the Major League Baseball draft. Over the past 16 seasons, Thomas has had nearly 170 of his student-athletes to sign scholarships to play at four-year institutions, as well as 17 of his players having been selected by Major League Baseball teams via the MLB draft or free agent signing. Additionally, Thomas has produced twelve NJCAA All-Americans, nine ACCC Players and/or Pitchers of the Year, and 104 of his players have been named to the All-Region, All-Division, ACCC or NJCAA All-Tournament Teams during his post as the Pirate skipper.
Coach Thomas, a local product, was born and raised in Phenix City, Alabama. He graduated from Smiths Station High School in 1993 and earned a baseball scholarship right here at Chattahoochee Valley Community College to play for legendary Alabama JUCO coach, B.R. Johnson. After redshirting during the 1994 season, Thomas blossomed into one of the finest defensive catchers to wear a Pirate uniform. Thomas was a two-year starter, and as a sophomore was chosen to participate in the AJCCC All-Star Game. That very season, Thomas handled the pitching staff that was tops in the conference, as the Pirates won their seventh AJCCC conference championship.
Upon graduating with honors from CVCC in June of 1996, Thomas signed a baseball scholarship to play for the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama. Thomas highlighted his career at UM in 1997, as a junior, by knocking in the game tying and go-ahead runs to beat Anderson College in the NAIA Southeast Independent Sectional Playoffs. The win helped propel the Falcons to the Sectional title and a berth in the Southeast Regional Championship in Homestead, Florida. Unfortunately, Thomas’ senior campaign was injury riddled with both knee and elbow injuries that plagued his final year. However, his work ethic and tireless efforts earned him the prestigious University of Montevallo Baseball “Mike Morgan Hustle Award.” Hall of Fame Coach Bob Reisner called Thomas, “one of the smartest, hardest working players I’ve ever coached.”
Graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 1998, Thomas returned to his “heart and soul” as the assistant baseball coach at Chattahoochee Valley. Upon B.R. Johnson’s retirement, Thomas was named the head baseball coach of the Pirates in June of 1999. After inheriting a CVCC team that won only eight games during the 1999 season, Thomas has turned the Pirate baseball team into a conference powerhouse. The 2014 club won the College’s first conference championship since Thomas’ sophomore year in 1996. The Pirates made their first ever appearance in the NJCAA World Series, finishing 6th overall, after spending over two months ranked number one in the country. Furthermore, the 2015 club repeated the feat, capturing back-to-back ACCC titles. The team’s return trip to the NJCAA World Series produced a 3rd place finish. In 2016, the Pirates turned the trifecta, winning the ACCC crown once again, and finishing 3rd in the NJCAA World Series, while finishing the regular season ranked # 1 in the country.
The 2016 team was the fourth divisional championship for Thomas, as the 2010 and 2011 units also claimed the ACCC Southern Division Title, with the 2014 team claiming the Central Division Title, while breaking the school record for wins in a season, with 52 in 2016. The 52 wins eclipsed the 2014 squad that won 48 games that broke the 2013 and 2010 clubs that claimed 42 wins, and the 2003, 2007, and 2008 CVCC baseball teams that broke and set the previous school record with 41 wins. Furthermore, Thomas guided the 2013 club to its first ever number one ranking in the NJCAA poll. There they remained for two weeks ranked in the nation’s top spot, while the 2014 team spent eight weeks as the nation’s number one team, while the 2016 team spent nearly month ranked # 1 in the country and finishing the regular season in that slot.
Thomas’ Pirates have had continued strong performances in the ACCC Tournament, finishing runners-up in the ACCC in 2003, and finishing third during the 2005, 2007, and 2008 seasons, along with another final four appearance during the 2009 campaign, with, of course, the 2014, 2015 and 2016 teams winning the ACCC title. During Thomas’ tenure, the Pirates have averaged 37 wins a year and have been perennial playoff and final four participants in the ACCC tourney since the 2002 season. Additionally, the Pirates are typically mainstays in the NJCAA and Perfect Game Top 25, with Perfect Game USA naming Chattahoochee Valley as the top junior college program in the state of Alabama every year since 2010.
Being a former catcher, Coach Thomas’s teams are perpetually known for their strong pitching, year-in and year-out. Under the guidance of Thomas, the Pirate pitching staffs have led the ACCC in most major pitching categories, including earned run average, strikeouts, wins, saves, fewest walks, and strikeout to walk ratio. Look for the trend to continue in 2017 under Thomas’ tutelage.
Thomas earned his MBA from Troy State University in January of 2005 and has been serving as the school’s athletic director since June of 2004. Thomas is married to the former Heather Taylor of Columbus, Georgia and they have one son, Owen, who is sixteen years old. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys working out, running, playing guitar, working on Howard Lake Field and spending time with his family. The Thomas’s make their home in Smiths Station, Alabama.
COACH THOMAS’ CAREER RECORDS
2000 – 14-40-1, .259
2001 – 23-28, .451
2002 – 28-28, .500
2003 – 41-19, .683, AJCCC Tournament Runner-Up
2004 – 35-22, .614, AJCCC Tournament Berth
2005 – 39-17, .696, ACCC Tournament, Final Four
2006 – 32-23, .582, ACCC Tournament Berth
2007 – 41-17, .707, ACCC Tournament Final Four
2008 – 41-18, .695, ACCC Tournament Final Four
2009 – 39-19, .672, ACCC Tournament Final Four
2010 – 42-8, .840, ACCC Southern Division Champions
2011 – 38-19, .667, ACCC Southern Division Champions
2012 – 35-24, .593, ACCC Tournament Berth
2013 – 42-12, .778, ACCC Tournament Berth, First ever # 1 NJCAA Ranking
2014 – 48-11, .814, ACCC Central Division and Region 22 Champions, NJCAA World Series, Ranked # 1 for over 8 weeks
2015 – 43-17, .717, Region 22 Champions, NJCAA World Series, 3rd Place Finish
2016 – 52-12, .813, Region 22 Champions, NJCAA World Series, 3rd Place Finish
OVERALL – 633-334-1, .655
COACH THOMAS’ MILESTONE VICTORIES
1 – February 5, 2000 vs. Pensacola Junior College
50 – March 24, 2002 vs. Wallace State – Dothan Community College
100 – April 24, 2003 vs. Andrew College
150 – February 22, 2005 vs. Andrew College
200 – April 8, 2006 vs. Central Alabama Community College
250 – May 5, 2007 vs. Jefferson Davis Community College
300 – February 14, 2009 vs. Gadsden State Community College
350 – March 16, 2010 vs. Darton College
400 – April 5, 2011 vs. Wallace State – Selma Community College
450 – February 1, 2013 vs. Gordon State College
500 – February 18, 2014 vs. Georgia Highlands College
550 – March 7, 2015 vs. Enterprise State Community College
600 – March 25, 2016 vs. Alabama Southern Community College
631 – May 28, 2016 vs. Harford Community College in NJCAA World Series to become CVCC’s All Time Winningest Coach