MORGAN THOMAS | ASSISTANT COACH
Texas Tech volleyball experienced one of its best seasons of the century in 2017. Pivotal in the upward trend of the program is assistant coach Morgan Thomas, who will begin her third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Texas Tech in 2018 after being named to Tony Graystone’s inaugural staff in 2016.
Thomas works primarily with middles and blockers as well as coordinates the program’s recruiting efforts among other duties.
Under Thomas’s tutelage, freshman Allison White became the first Red Raider freshman in program history to record a 100-block season, finishing with 121 in 2017. Thomas also helped Katy Keenan take a major step forward with her play, upping her numbers across the board.
In her first season in Lubbock, Thomas directed middle blocker Lauren Douglass to All-Big 12 Second Team and AVCA All-Southwest Region Honorable Mention honors. Under Thomas’s guidance, Douglass upped her kill total from 280 in her junior year to a career-best 343 in her senior campaign, while hitting at a .340 clip, which ranked fifth in the Big 12.
Prior to her arrival at Texas Tech, Thomas spent two years as an assistant coach under Graystone at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, where she helped the Islanders to their best season in school history in 2015 at 31-5 overall with a spotless 16-0 mark in conference play. The squad captured the Southland Conference regular season and tournament crowns, securing the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history. The Islanders finished their 2015 season with four First-Team All-Southland Conference performers and two Southland Conference Players of the Year.
She began working with the Islanders in May of 2014 and was promoted to first assistant coach in January 2015. Thomas arrived to the Island University after spending two years as the graduate assistant for the University of South Carolina.
Working primarily with the right side hitters and middle blockers, Thomas improved First Team All-Southland Conference performer Brittany Gilpin's hitting percentage to a clip of .340, registering 265 kills in 111 sets played. Her percentage ranked second in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi single-season records. Her 96 blocks also put her at No. 6 in the school record books, improving her two-year total to 179. Madeleine Doud followed closely behind Gilpin's numbers, putting up 185 kills and an attack percentage of .302, while also tallying 93 blocks.
During the 2014 season, Thomas helped blossom then-freshmen Gilpin and Doud. She also helped with the transition of junior Kelsee Felux from outside hitter to middle blocker. Gilpin had an impressive freshman year with a team-high .268 hitting percentage and led the team with 83 blocks. Felux collected 69 blocks, which was third on the team behind Gilpin and Honorable Mention All-America Brianna Brink.
Thomas, a native of Fort Lauderdale Florida, was a four-year starter for the University of South Carolina-Upstate and a standout middle blocker. She set numerous school records, including career kills at 1,049 and career blocks with 315. The former team captain also was the first All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection in program history in 2011. Off the court, Thomas served as a marketing intern in the athletics department, while being highly involved on the Executive Board on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Additionally, she helped incoming students transition into college as a University 101 Peer Leader.
Following her successful collegiate career, Thomas landed her first job as the Graduate Assistant for the South Carolina Indoor Volleyball program in July of 2012. Under head coach Scott Swanson, Thomas was responsible for coordinating and directing community service initiatives for student-athletes, while assisting with team travel, summer camps, and managing the program's Under Armour account.
In addition to her role with the Indoor program, Thomas assisted in the development of South Carolina's Beach Volleyball program as the Director of Beach Volleyball Operations. During her time under head coach Moritz Moritz, Thomas oversaw the total operations of home events, while working closely with the coaching staff with on-campus recruiting efforts, team travel, and budget management.
In addition to her college experience, Thomas served as head coach for Corpus Christi Force Volleyball Club from 2014-2016, Magnum Volleyball Club in Columbia, South Carolina from 2012-2014, and Upward Stars in Spartanburg, South Carolina from 2008-2012.
She graduated from USC-Upstate in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology before earning her Master's degree in Sport and Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina in 2014.
Thomas attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School and played for the Boomers Volleyball Club from 2005-2008.