James “JT” Thomas, a former West Virginia Mountaineers player, will be inducted into the Little League Soccer News Hall of Fame on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the Oasis Resort Hotel & Casino in Mesquite, Nevada.
Thomas’ nomination was overseen by the MLFN’s Board of Directors, and he received a statement of approval from him on July 30.
“It’s a great honor to receive this award,” Thomas said. “I have to say thank you to everyone for supporting me all these years.”
Thomas has used strong leadership skills, tireless workouts, and passion for the sport to be a leader in the workforce and to promote less athleticism in youth and half football games.
The story of JT Thomas ’football career can be divided into three chapters: player, assistant, and senior. Thomas’ professional career began at Fort Scott Community College (Kansas) in 1992. Following his sophomore season, Thomas transferred to West Virginia University (WVU).
In two seasons at Fort Scott – both as team captain – Thomas earned two All-Kansas Jayhawk Conference honors outside linebacker and Defensive Player of the Game in 1992’s Valley of the Sun Bowl. Inside WVU’s linebacker, Mr. Thomas received two Mountaineer Club’s Most Valuable Awards for field success, earned two All-Big East team awards, and won Defender Player of the Game in the 1994 CarQuest Bowl. He also led both teams in their struggles each season.
A high-profile college career led Thomas to the semi-pro football circ Circle in 1996 with the Charleston Rockets, where he played for former WVU Major Harris. Back on the left for a while, Thomas led the team in sacks and became the League-Star when the Rockets finished their 11-game regular season 10-1. Thomas made a successful effort to move from semi-pro football to the Arena Soccer League in 1997 with the Albany Firebirds, but worked hard after suffering a leg injury on the third day of training camp.
Instead of a helmet and shoulder strap, the next part of Thomas’ football game featured a headdress and a cutout. After a stint as Defusive Coordator on the winning team of 13-16, Thomas returned to semi-pro football in 2000 as Head Coach of West Virginia WHAM! Located in Morgantown, WV, Thomas averaged a .695 winning percentage (41 wins, 18 losses), won three Coach of the Year awards, and made three All-Star games in six games like WHAM! great head.
In 2001, Tomonso also directed WHAM! to the Mid-Ohio Football League (League)
During 2003, Thomas took full ownership of WHAM! When they came out on WHAM! in 2005, he decided to change full time to better fit professional football and WHAM! permission. In the two years since leaving teaching, Thomas has been a leading member of the Ohio Valley Soccer League and the MOFL. In January of 2007, Thomas was promoted to Commissioner of MOFL.
Currently, Thomas oversees the day-to-day operations of the MOFL – an expansion team, of 10 teams in the finals of Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. His passion for a professional athlete coincides with his desire to see the MOFL – as well as any young football organization – create a competitive, efficient, developmental, and exciting football market for sports players and critics to stand for.
Mr. Thomas also works as a Semi-Professional Sports Consultant with League Level, LLC, a company that provides promotional and promotional services for sports and professional athletes.
He currently resides in Morgantown, WV, with his wife Rochelle and two children, Jared, 3, and AJ, 10 months. Thomas also has a son, JT Thomas III, from a previous relationship.