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Jim Thomas completed his fourth as an assistant coach with the University of Washington women's soccer staff in 2011. He was hired on March 18, 2008.
Thomas, who owns a USSF A coaching license, has thrived as a coach with several different programs, having successful stints at the club, high school and community college level. He most recently spent four years with the prominent Crossfire Premier Soccer Club in Redmond, Wash.
"I am excited to have Jim Thomas on our staff," UW Head Coach Lesle Gallimore said around the time of his hiring. "Jim has vast and high-level club coaching experience here in the Northwest and is also very well connected throughout the region and country. His enthusiasm, maturity and passion to coach at this level are a few of the many things that drew us to him."
Thomas has been active in the club ranks in the state of Washington since 2001 when began working with the Northwest Nationals Premier Soccer Club. He led U-16 and U-18 teams to 2005 state championships and regional quarterfinal appearances. Eighteen of his athletes are now playing in the collegiate ranks, including 14 at the NCAA Division I level.
Between 2001 and 2004, Thomas rebuilt the boy's soccer program at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. He inherited a 1-13 team and guided the Roughriders to three consecutive winning seasons and two straight playoff berths.
After that successful stint with a prep program, Thomas worked at Edmonds (Wash.) Community College from 2005 to 2007. He served as the men's head coach, directing the squad to an elite eight effort in the NWAACC. Thomas also served as Edmonds' women's assistant coach during that period.
A graduate of Glamorgan University in Wales, Thomas played on the college team that advanced to the sweet sixteen of the National Cup. He was a starting forward for three seasons, two of them as the team's top scorer.
Thomas was active with the Littlehampton Football Club, climbing the ranks from the youth team to the men's reserves before playing semi-pro ball with the men's first team.