Peter Thomas has been hired as an assistant coach, head coach of Richmond men’s basketball Chris Mooney announced Tuesday.
Thomas returns to Richmond after nine seasons on the staff at Campbell University, the last five of which as associate head coach.
“I’m delighted to have Peter back in Richmond,” Mooney said. “He is an extremely talented coach who brings with him a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of our program and our culture. We are extremely lucky to have him back in our program.
A 2007 Richmond graduate, Thomas served as the team’s director of basketball operations for five seasons from 2008 to 2013, helping the team to two NCAA tournaments, an Atlantic 10 title and a place in the Sweet 16. Richmond compiled a 110-64 record with Thomas on staff, earning the highest NCAA Tournament seed (7) in school history in 2010 and winning a school-best 29 games in 2011, when UR beat Vanderbilt and Morehead State in the NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet 16.
Thomas, a native of Little Rock, Ark., began his playing career as an extra in Richmond in 2003. When Mooney arrived in Richmond in 2005, he awarded Thomas a scholarship. Thomas would start all 60 games for the Spiders over the next two years.
As a senior and team captain in 2006-07, Thomas averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 53% from the field and earning academic conference honors for a second consecutive season.
Thomas brings 15 seasons of college coaching experience to Richmond. During his nine seasons at Campbell, Thomas helped the Fighting Camels to five winning seasons, three playoff appearances, a pair of trips to the Big South Championship Game and the 2019 regular season Big South title, just the second program history lecture title.
Thomas was the primary scout for former Campbell star Chris Clemons, who finished his career in 2019 third on the NCAA Division I scoring list with 3,225 points. Clemons is the only player in Campbell history to earn All-American honors in Division I.
Thomas began his coaching career in 2007, when he began a year-long stint as a basketball operations assistant at Eastern Kentucky. Thomas obtained his Masters in Sports Management from EKU in 2009.
Thomas and his wife Jamie have a daughter, Claire, and a son, Peter.