Randy Thomas is entering his 15th year as the program director of the cross country and track and field teams at Boston College. The 2007-08 season will mark his 21st year working with Boston College cross country and track and field programs. Thomas' success at B.C. is marked by multiple measures. For two straight years he has been honored the NCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year. Along with that, he has guided Eagle athletes to 40 All-America awards over a span of eleven years.
The women's cross country squad has competed in ten NCAA Championships, including nine in the past thirteen seasons. Under Thomas' training, many Eagles have qualified individually for the national event. Most recently, Mallory Champa took home All-America honors for her performance at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Laurel Burdick earned All-America honors in 2005, while Maria Cicero took home three All-America awards in her career from 2001-2004. She placed 18th at the NCAA Championships in 2002. Jennifer Kramer gained All-America status by placing 34th at the 2003 NCAA Championships.
The 2006 team took first place at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, giving them the automatic bid to the national championship. The 2001 women's team accomplished the same feat and went on to finish sixth in the national event. His team's success on the cross-country trails led his peers at the United States Track and Field Association to honor him as the 2001 National Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 2000, his women's cross-country team captured the Big East Championship and went on to finish fourth in the NCAA meet. This placing represented the highest finish at a national championship for a Boston College women's team in any sport in school history.
Thomas also helped bring the first national championship for women's athletics to the Heights, coaching Shannon Smith to the 2001 NCAA Championship in the 3,000-meter run.
Overall, Thomas, who served exclusively as the schools cross country coach during the first seven years of his tenure, has produced a total of 47 All-America selections, three national junior champions and one Pan-American Games gold medalist.
Before accepting his current position, Thomas was an assistant cross country and track and field coach at the University of Massachusetts, his alma mater. The first-ever Division I All-American in UMass cross country and track and field history, Thomas was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
Thomas, who received his master's degree in business administration from Boston University, resides in Medway, Mass., with his wife, Marcy, and their son, Ian.
Awarded the 2005 and 2006 Northeast Regional Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Honored by the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association as the Division I women's coach of the year.
Named 2001 Track and Field Association National Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The women's cross country team has captured four Big East titles (1982, 1983, 1985, 2000), with Thomas and former assistant coach Kathy Fleming earning Big East Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2000.
Coached 2001 Boston College graduate Shannon Smith, who became the first female athlete in school history to win a national championship. Smith was victorious in the indoor 3,000-meter race at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
In addition to winning three Greater Boston Cross Country titles, the women's cross country team has advanced to the NCAA Championship ten times during his career (1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2007).
The men's cross country squad captured the 1992 New England Cross Country Championship, as well as two Greater Boston titles. The 1996-97 men's indoor track squad placed second out of 48 teams at the New England Championships.
Three-time member (1977-79) of the United States' National Cross Country team.
Two-time member (1978-79) of the United States' National Track and Field team.
World-record holder in the 30-kilometer run.
Previous world-record holder in the 10-mile and 20-kilometer events.
Previous American-record holder in the 15-kilometer, 10-mile, 20-kilometer, half marathon and 25-kilometer races.
Registered fifth-place finishes in the 1977 New York City and 1978 Boston Marathons.
Earned a fifth-place showing at the 1978 Marathon World Championship in Fukuoka, Japan.