Michael Thomas joined the Cal State Fullerton women’s soccer coaching staff in July of 2014 as an assistant coach.
During his first season, the Titans produced one of their most successful campaigns in program history, winning both the 2014 Big West regular season championship with an undefeated league record of 6-0-2, while also clinching the Big West Tournament title with victories over CSUN (semifinals) and Long Beach State (finals).
Fullerton made its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history as the Titans were successful on both ends of the pitch. Fullerton ended the regular season on a 10-match unbeaten streak and seven-match winning streak as the Titan defense tied for first in the league allowing only five goals in conference matches. Offensively, Fullerton tied for first in the league with 13 goals in Big West games only.
In addition, nine players received Big West All-Conference honors led by Offensive Player of the Year Rebecca Wilson and Big West Tournament MVP Christina Burkenroad.
Thomas coached the most improved team in the nation during the 2011 season as the Bulls finished with a record of 12-5-4, eleven more wins than it had the previous season, and an improvement of almost 200 places in the national RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). The team also made the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time since 2003.
The team ranked nationally in shutouts (with 11), three players were named to the postseason conference teams and the program made its second trip ever to the MAC semifinal round before losing to eventual champion Toledo.
Off the field, Thomas led the program to a 991 multi-year APR (Academic Progress Rate), a 1,000 multi-year eligibility/graduation rate and a 982 multi-year retention rate.
During his time with the Bulls, Thomas also coached with Empire United Soccer Club.
Prior joining Buffalo, Thomas helped lead the University of Denver to four NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons as an assistant coach for the Pioneers. He helped the team to a 90-25-12 record during that time. The Pioneers made four NCAA Tournament appearances, including one following their 2007 Sun Belt Championship.
During the 2007 season, Denver defeated Stanford, who was ranked No. 1 in the country at the time, by a 1-0 decision. In 2006, the Pioneers had an .848 winning percentage, sixth best in the nation. Denver was successful in the classroom too, as the team won the Sun Belt Conference team academic award with a 3.4 GPA. The Pioneers also had winning percentages in the national top 10 in 2002 (.857) and 2003 (.818).
Thomas was also a technical advisor and staff coach for the Colorado Fusion Soccer Club, where he directed over 40 teams, making it the fourth largest youth soccer club in Denver. In 2006, Thomas was a coach for the Olympic Development Program.
Prior to joining Denver, Thomas spent one season at the University of Memphis and a year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. At Green Bay, he assisted with both the men’s and women’s program, becoming a Horizon League finalist with the men’s squad. While at Green Bay, Thomas acted as the northern coordinator for the girls Olympic Development Program.
Thomas was a professional soccer player in 1998-99 with the Myrtle Beach Sea Dawgs of the United Soccer League and again played in the league in 2000.
Thomas received a Bachelor’s of Arts in history from Fort Lewis College, graduating with honors in 1998. At Fort Lewis, Thomas was a member of the men’s soccer team that won three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. Thomas received a Master’s of Arts in human communication from the University of Denver in 2005. Thomas has also held an “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation since July 2004.