|Alma Mater:||Principia College|
On Feb. 14, 2018 Angie Hind announced the addition of Samuel Thomas as Assistant Coach. Thomas came to Norfolk after spending his last three seasons at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
In his first season at Old Dominion, Thomas and the 2018 Monarchs defense compiled nine shutouts (five consecutive at one point) and had 13 matches of allowing one goal or less. The 16 goals allowed in the regular season is a new ODU program record. Old Dominion ended the regular season on a seven-match unbeaten streak. Freshman goalkeeper, Jasmine Crawley, was named the Conference USA Goalkeeper of the Week twice in October. Crawley finished the season with a 78.0% save percentage, which ranked 4th in the C-USA and had a 0.90 goals against average, which ranked 2nd in the league. ODU earned five Conference USA Player of the Week nods (the most ever in program history) and three All-Conference USA honorees in 2018.
Academically in 2018, ODU placed 12 players on the Dean’s List (3.4 GPA or higher). Iris Achterhof was recognized as an NCAA Academic All-American (the first for the program since 2006), earned Co-SIDA Academic All-District and was placed on the C-USA All-Academic First Team.
In 2016, Thomas helped guide SIUE women's soccer through its most successful NCAA Division I season. Thomas mentored goalkeeper Juli Rossi to a strong first season as the Cougars' No. 1 goalkeeper. Rossi was tabbed as TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Player of the Week following a spectacular performance in an upset game, where SIUE defeated the second seed Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Under Thomas in 2015, senior goalkeeper Jen Pelley broke the school shutout record, achieving 29 clean sheets to top the previous career record of 22 held since 1996. Pelley is currently playing professionally in Sweden.
Thomas served as the Interim Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Eastern Oregon University during the 2014-15 season. During his time as the leader of the program, he recorded the fewest losses and second-highest win percentage of any first-year head coach in program history. He led two players to All-Conference and Academic All-Region selections.
He served as the goalkeeper coach for the Women’s Premier Soccer League Fire and Ice Soccer Club from 2013-2014. While there, Thomas coached three players to a first team All-Region selection and one to a first team All-WPSL selection. Three of his former players have signed to play professionally both domestic and abroad.
Thomas also served as a goalkeeper trainer for the McKendree University and Harris-Stowe University men’s and women’s soccer programs during the 2013 season. In 2012, he was the assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach at Oregon Institute of Technology.
Thomas played his college soccer at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, where he received his degree in graphic design. He was a first team All-Region goalkeeper in 2009, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2010 and an All-Conference goalkeeper all four years.
Thomas has his Advanced National License as well as his Goalkeeper Level 3 License from the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA). He also has an E License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).