Sources tell SwimSwam that Brian Thomas will be named the next head swimming coach at George Washington University, ending his two year stint as the head women’s swimming coach at St. Bonaventure. The two teams both compete in the A-10 conference.
This move comes after the Colonials lost former head coach James Winchester to TCU in April. He spent three years at the helm beginning in 2015.
Thomas, who was hired by St. Bonaventure just over two years ago, is expected to bring a wealth of coaching experience to George Washington. In his two years with the Bonnies, he led the women to a 5th place finish at the A-10 Championships in 2018 after back-to-back 10th place finishes.
Prior to joining St. Bonaventure, Thomas served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UNLV, coaching school record holder and NCAA Division I qualifier Lina Rathsack. Prior to that, Thomas spent five seasons with Western Kentucky University, working as an assistant for three years before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2013-14 season. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
While with the Hilltoppers, Thomas also served on the Kentucky Swimming Board of Directors, the local governing body for USA Swimming, and was involved in a fellowship program with the American Swimming Coaches Association, a program intended to get young coaches involved in governance and leadership within the sport.
The St. Bonaventure women’s team no longer has Thomas listed as their head coach on their website.