Coach Profile: St. Thomas Aquinas Thomas 2/3
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Mike Thomas had been a head coach before and wanted to be one again. Even though he really enjoyed his time as an assistant coach at St. Thomas Aquinas he had the desire to run his own program.
Just when he had decided that maybe being an assistant coach was going to be his best spot an opportunity presented itself. Longtime Saints coach Kevin Kopecky was forced to step down due to health reasons and Aquinas turned to Thomas.
“I had been the head coach at St. Mary’s then I came here where I was the head girls basketball and volleyball coach,” Thomas said. “Then I started coaching football again which I loved. I applied for several head coaching jobs because I thought there still might be an opportunity there,”
But those opportunities didn’t present themselves and a conversation with his wife encouraged him that being an assistant at Aquinas was maybe where he was supposed to be. Then Kopecky’s illness forced him to step down and Thomas was now the head coach.
“My wife and talked about it and we had decided this is what we wanted to do, then just like that another door opened,” Thomas said.
What Thomas took over was a program that was used to making deep runs in the playoffs every season. Kopecky and his staff, that included Thomas, had been to the state semifinals the four years previous and the state title game the year before.
“The kids buy into what we are doing and we just try to stay disciplined,” Thomas said. “We have a good program. You hear a lot of coaches say they don’t want to be anywhere else and that the program is one of the best in whatever state they are in. Very honestly we are right up there with some of the best programs around. The kids keep coming and they keep working hard.
“I can honestly say I don’t want to be anywhere else.”
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