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
Born: March 29, 1965
Family: Wife - Kimberly; Daughter - Kaitlyn; Son - Ricky Jr.
Education: Bachelor's, Health and Physical Education, Alabama, 1987. Master's, Exercise Science, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1995.
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
Alabama: Four-year starter at strong safety (1983-86).
Recruiting Area: Los Angeles and Ventura County.