INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball program has hired Jeff Thomas as an assistant coach, head coach Steve Farley announced. Thomas, who played in the NCAA Tournament with Baylor, comes to BU after a coaching stint at the University of Illinois.
Thomas will work in all phases of Butler’s baseball program, with extensive responsibility in pitching and recruiting.
“We are excited to have a coach of Jeff’s caliber coming into our program at Butler,” Farley said. “Jeff played in a great program at Baylor and went on to play several years of professional baseball. He did an excellent job at Illinois last year and will be a great addition for Butler.”
Thomas pitched for the Bears and long-time coach Mickey Sullivan in the 1993 NCAA Tournament. That team went 41-19 and won a conference championship. After college, he played six seasons of professional baseball. Following his baseball career, he went on to become athletic director and coach at St. Austin Catholic School in Austin, Texas from 2002-07. He also managed a baseball academy in Temple, Texas, during that time, serving as a mentor to current Pittsburgh Pirate Zach Duke.
Thomas, who earned a B.S. in educations at Baylor in 1994, also coached for one season at Millikin University in Illinois. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Makenzie and Tanner.