Head Coach: Tony Thomas
Email Coach Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Thomas is entering his 21st season at Lincoln College. A graduate of Argenta-Oreana High School, Thomas played and lettered all three years of varsity baseball while earning all-conference as well as All-Macon County his last two years under Coach Tom Saunches. Thomas continued his academic and baseball career at Lincoln College, under the direction of former LC Coaches Nyles Nyman and current Murray State Coach and Lincoln native Rob McDonald, where he earned his Associate in Arts Degree. Thomas continued his education at Millikin University in Decatur, his hometown. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and lettered two years in baseball. He was honored as a C.C.I.W All-conference shortstop for Millikin and named Most Improved Player during his senior season (1990). Coach Thomas played two summers for the Decatur Blues of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL).
He also served as Head Coach for one season with the Blues and served as an assistant with the Springfield Rifles. His experience includes being an assistant for the Lincoln Heat baseball program for five summers; including coaching his son Ryan for three summers. Thomas has been active with the Legion Post 263 program serving as both an Assistant and Head Coach. Coach Thomas has held and worked at many baseball camps across the Midwest. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association. Thomas previously served as an assistant at Lincoln College for three years before being named Head Coach in 1993. He is also an Academic Advisor and Associate Director of Student Activities.
During his Tenure at Lincoln College Thomas has coached All Region players along with numerous All-Conference players. Last year’s team qualified for the MWAC conference tournament and finished the season with a 20-22 record. Sophomore outfielder Cody Litwiller was named All-Region and Second team All-Conference with an outstanding two-year career under Coach Thomas.
Academics has been a big part of Coach Thomas and the baseball program, during his 20 previous seasons their team grade point average has never drop below a 2.85 with team high of 3.27(2012). Thomas has had 11 perfect gpa’s (4.0) and many Academic All-Americans, with 18 in the last seven years along with 11 All MWAC Academic performer’s (3.0 or better) in 2013 alone. The 2013 team finished tied for 14th in the nation of all NJCAA baseball teams with a 3.14 team grade point average.
Coach Thomas and his wife Bridgett, who is the Dean of Student’s at Lincoln College, have three children and two grandchildren: Brittany, Brileigh (a Lincoln College Alum) and Ryan (15), a sophomore in High School, and the two grandchildren, Ashton and Addiyson. Thomas says he’s learned a lot from Lincoln College. “It’s given not only myself but former and current players a great start to their college career. Lincoln is a perfect place for any young student-athlete to begin a successful career because it provides a solid foundation to build upon.