Ivan Thomas Named New Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Hampton University

HAMPTON, VA. (March 15, 2024) …The announcement of Ivan Thomas as the new head men’s basketball coach marks the dawn of an exciting chapter for Hampton University Basketball. With a rich coaching background, including a recent tenure as associate head coach at Georgetown, Thomas brings a formidable blend of experience and expertise to the program. His appointment, revealed by Director of Athletics Anthony D. Henderson, Sr., reflects a strategic move towards fostering excellence on and off the court.

Henderson highlights Thomas’s proven track record across various basketball realms, from successful high school coaching at Kecoughtan and T.C. Williams to impactful roles within collegiate and AAU circuits. “We are excited to welcome Ivan Thomas back home as our head men’s basketball coach,” Henderson said. “He has a deep commitment to excellence and is a proven winner at the high school, AAU, and collegiate levels. He is a tremendous recruiter who has developed players throughout his career. As a native of Virginia, he has strong ties to the Hampton area and has a vision of how to build Hampton basketball into a championship program. He understands the commitment it takes to be successful on the court and the role athletics can play in developing young men.”

This sentiment resonates throughout Thomas’s coaching journey, punctuated by notable milestones such as his instrumental roles at Providence College under Ed Cooley’s leadership, where he contributed to multiple postseason appearances and NCAA Tournament berths. His responsibilities included recruiting, in-game coaching and player development. He spent eight seasons as a part of Ed Cooley’s Providence College staff before following Cooley to Washington, D.C. a year ago. The Friars made six postseason appearances including five NCAA Tournament berths. His return to Virginia, his home state, symbolizes a homecoming of sorts, aligning perfectly with his vision to elevate Hampton basketball to championship status.

In addition to the Director of Athletics’ remarks, Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams also shared his thoughts on the hire of Ivan Thomas, further solidifying the excitement surrounding this new era for Hampton basketball:

“We are thrilled to welcome Ivan Thomas as our new head men’s basketball coach,” President Williams expressed. “His exceptional coaching pedigree, combined with his dedication to player development and community engagement, align perfectly with Hampton University’s values. Ivan’s vision for the program’s future, coupled with his deep-rooted ties to Virginia, makes him an ideal leader to guide our student-athletes to success both on and off the court. We eagerly anticipate the positive impact he will have on our basketball program and the entire Hampton University community.”

The Norfolk, Va., native spent seven years as head coach at Hampton’s Kecoughtan High, leading the team to a 127-60 mark and to Peninsula District championships in 2010 and 2012. Thomas was the head coach at T.C. Williams High in Alexandria, Va., where he led the team to a 75-9 mark, winning three league titles. He was named Virginia Coach of the Year in 2008 after guiding the Titans to the state title. He was head coach at Edison High in Alexandria, Va from 2002-05 and got his first coaching job as an assistant at Schaumburg High helping lead the team to the 2000 state championship. He also spent 13 years as an AAU coach for the Boo Williams 17-U team.

Beyond his coaching accolades, Thomas’s personal and academic achievements further attest to his dedication and leadership. With degrees from VCU and George Mason, and a distinguished coaching history, Thomas embodies the holistic approach necessary for shaping young athletes into well-rounded individuals.

“I am honored and humbled to return home to the 757 as the head men’s basketball coach at Hampton University,” Coach Thomas expressed. “My journey in coaching has been defined by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a passion for developing young athletes both on and off the court. Hampton holds a special place in my heart, and I am committed to building a championship-caliber program that reflects the values of this esteemed institution. Together with our dedicated staff, talented student-athletes, and the unwavering support of the Hampton community, I am confident that we will achieve great success and leave a lasting legacy.”

Moreover, his family ties and community connections underscore a deep-rooted commitment to Hampton’s basketball legacy. Alongside his wife, Dr. Jennifer Miles-Thomas, and their three children, Christopher, Taylor, and Jordan, Thomas is poised to not only lead on the court but also serve as a mentor and role model within the community.

With his proven expertise, unwavering dedication, and a clear vision for success, Thomas is primed to carve out a legacy of excellence, uniting the Hampton basketball community in a shared pursuit of greatness.

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Founded in 1868, Hampton University has been the Standard of Excellence in higher education for over 150 years. Rich in history and tradition, Hampton University is recognized as one of the top historically Black colleges in the world, and recently named the top private university in Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. Hampton University is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. www.hamptonu.edu.

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