Ricky Thomas
Ricky Thomas

Position:
Cornerbacks

Experience:
First Season

Alma Mater:
Alabama, '87


02/24/2014

Polian tabs Scott Boone as defensive coordinator

Bill Teerlinck promoted to co-defensive coordinator

Ricky Thomas brings 15 years of NFL coaching experience and a Super Bowl to the University of Nevada and will coach the Wolf Pack's defensive backs in 2013.

Thomas will take over a relatively inexperienced group of cornerbacks this year, with Charles Garrett having converted to safety and Khalid Wooten lost to the NFL Draft. Senior Markus Smith and junior Evan Favors return along with redshirt freshmen Randy Uzoma and L.J. Jackson, a local product from Hug High School. Thomas will also have the opportunity to mentor a touted recruiting class this fall.

Most recently, Thomas coached the defensive front for Bill Curry at Georgia State in 2012. Prior to that, he spent 10 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, including eight as the tight ends coach. He previously spent five seasons with Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay, coaching the Buccaneers' tight ends for three seasons and working with the running backs and specials for two years. He's coached in two Super Bowls, winning a ring with the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

Thomas's coaching career began in 1988 at Marion Military Institute, where he coached defensive backs. From 1989-92, he worked at Alabama, his alma mater, as an academic advisor for football and men's basketball. Thomas taught and coached at McCallie High School in Tennessee from 1992-96.

He served as a strength and conditioning assistant at Kentucky in 1996, and then he was hired to coach defensive backs at Gardner Webb in 1997 before moving to the NFL later that year.

Thomas was a four-year starter (1983-86) at strong safety at Alabama, where he earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. In 1995, he added a master's degree in exercise science from Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Thomas and his wife, Kimberly, have two children.

The File on Ricky Thomas

Family: Wife - Kimberly; Daughter - Kaitlyn; Son - Ricky Jr.

Education: Bachelor's, Health and Physical Education, Alabama, 1987. Master's, Exercise Science, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1995.

Coaching Experience

2012: Defensive Ends, Georgia State

2002-2011: Tight Ends, Indianapolis Colts

1997-2001: Tight Ends, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1997: Defensive Backs, Gardner-Webb

1996: Strength and Conditioning coach, Kentucky

1992-96: McCallie High School

1989-92: Academic Advisor, Alabama

1988: Defensive Backs, Marion Military Institute

Playing Experience

Alabama: Four-year starter at strong safety (1983-86).

Recruiting Area: Los Angeles and Ventura County.

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