PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Johnson & Wales University Director of Athletics has named Jennifer Thomas the third head coach in the history of the women's lacrosse program on Monday.
"We are excited to welcome Jenn to our JWU community." Director of Athletics Dana Garfield says, adding, "She brings experience, not only as a high caliber player during her collegiate career, but also as a very capable coach and recruiter. Her energy and enthusiasm is palpable and undoubtedly will be felt by both team members and staff. We look forward to Jenn continuing to recruit and develop high level student-athletes who will continue to contribute to the championship culture of this program."
Thomas is coming to JWU from Western Connecticut State University where she was the head coach since 2016. Amassing over 35 wins in her young coaching career, Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the Wildcats. Her teams appeared in the LEC Tournament in three of her five seasons at the helm. In 2019, the Colonials had a program-best 14-5 overall record and advanced to the Little East Conference tournament's second round.
"I would like to thank Dana Garfield (Director of Athletics), Mel Graf (Associate Dean of Student Development), David Kulik (Assistant Athletics Director/Head Men's Soccer Coach) and the rest of the search committee for this tremendous opportunity." says Thomas.
"Johnson & Wales University and the administration's vision for the women's lacrosse program and athletic department is parallel with my coaching philosophy," adds Thomas. "I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my coaching career. I am ecstatic to join the Wildcat family and continue to bring success to the women's lacrosse program at JWU."
Prior to her time at WestConn, she served as an Assistant Coach at both Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania and Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
As a Division III student-athlete, Thomas helped the Springfield College Pride to back-to-back New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships as a draw specialist. She began her collegiate career at Division II American International College before transferring down the road to Springfield.
Thomas earned her bachelor's degree in Movement and Sports Studies: Physical Education from Springfield in 2014 before completing her master's from Mercyhurst in 2020 for Sports Leadership.