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Southwestern University Baseball

Head Coach R.J. Thomas

R.J. Thomas is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Southwestern University baseball program.

Thomas has guided the Pirates to three straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments, advancing to the finals in 2016. He also has mentored 15 All-SCAC honorees in the past four seasons, including 2015 SCAC Player of the Year, Will Cates.

Cates earned first-team ABCA/Rawlings and All-West Region accolades, as well as honorable-mention All-America laurels.

Southwestern has led the SCAC in stolen bases in each of the past two campaigns. The Pirates swiped 122 bags in 2015, while stealing 111 bases a year earlier.

Thomas came to SU after reviving the Hendrix College baseball programn. 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 the SCAC Western Division and into the postseason once again. The Warriors were in the top four in the conference in every offensive category, including leading the league with 25 triples.

Coaching some of the conference’s best has become a standard for Thomas, posting 33 players in six years on the All-SCAC Team and at least one player on the All-West Region team in five of his six seasons.

In addition to his coaching duties at Hendrix, Thomas led the fundraising effort for the Warrior Field project that aimed to increase seating by 111 percent for the start of the 2012 season. He also served as the athletic facilities coordinator, overseeing construction projects throughout the athletic department.

Thomas is a 2004 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Thomas and his wife, Stephanie, live in Georgetown with their two daughters, Sophie and Isabel.