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 Randy Thomas
Randy Thomas
Head Coach



Coach Thomas Discusses Battle in Beantown

The Eagles finished fourth overall at the annual meet hosted by BC


Coach Thomas Looks Ahead to Battle in Beantown

Women's cross country resumes action Friday, Sep. 26 at Franklin Park

Randy Thomas is entering his 14th year as the program director of the cross country and track and field teams at Boston College. He has been a part of the Boston College program for 19 years. Thomas' past successes speak for themselves as he has guided Eagle athletes to 39 All-America awards over the past eight years.

The women's cross country squad has competed in eight NCAA Championships, including seven in the past eleven seasons. Thomas has also trained athletes who qualified individually for the national event. Most recently, Maria Cicero earned her third All-America honors in 2004. Jennifer Kramer gained All-America status by placing 34th at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Cicero also earned All-America honors by finishing in 18th place at the NCAA Championships in 2002.

The 2001 women's team defended their NCAA Region I team championship prior to finishing 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 46 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 Massachusetts, his alma mater. The first-ever Division I All-America 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.

Thomas' Accomplishments

• 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 eight times during his career (1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001).

• 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.

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