New Community R-VI boys basketball coach Matt Thomas is currently getting acquainted with several of his players after recently competing at Summer events in Monroe City along with a planned trip to Schuyler County.
Thomas was with his players just three days before the Monroe City experience.
“We put in some offense in between games and the kids did a good job with it trying to execute some stuff,” Thomas said. “…It’s nice to see where we are at now that we’ve been together and had some time to practice.”
Thomas hopes some players may participate in events at William Woods University and Marshall before the Summer opportunities come to a close.
He said he’s looking forward to coaching the Trojans as well as settling in his post as the district’s new athletic director.
“Well, I know from coaching against them, I knew they had some young kids who were pretty good,” Thomas noted.
“I knew it’s a basketball school and the kids want to play. And the AD job was a big thing for me. It was a thing that for 10 to 15 years down the road, whenever I decide to hang it up then I have the AD part to go back on.”
Thomas comes to Community R-VI after coaching a struggling North Callaway boys basketball program the past two seasons.
Before leading the Thunderbirds, Thomas won a Gasconade Valley Conference championship with Steelville.
During his two seasons there, Thomas turned a 4-21 team into a 14-11 squad that won conference and advanced to the district title game.
They also had their first boys basketball district tournament victory in a decade.
“Those kids worked hard,” Thomas said of his Steelville group.
Prior to Steelville, Thomas coached at Palmyra for seven years.
During his tenure, he led the Palmyra Panthers to both a conference and district boys basketball title in 2009 before they lost in the state quarterfinals.