Mike Thomas, the winningest player in University of Hawaii basketball history, has returned to the program as an assistant coach.
Thomas, who was a starter on UH’s 2016 NCAA Tournament team, most recently served as a performance trainer at Athletic Gaines, a training center for athletes in Los Angeles. He worked with numerous NBA players through their off-season training and also led Athletic Gaines’ NBA combine training, helping a variety of players elevate to the NBA and other professional leagues abroad.
In a press statement, it was noted that Thomas will work with the Rainbow Warrior frontcourt players, while also being heavily involved in recruiting, player development and the team’s strength program.
“As someone who cares unconditionally about this program and it’s followers, I’m honored and ecstatic about joining the staff and helping us become a greater team,” Thomas said in the press release. “The goal is to mold great young men into champions, both in life and on the court. I’m incredibly grateful for Coach Ganot and our current players for entrusting me in this new role and I’m unbelievably appreciative of the Athletic Department and the people of the islands for welcoming me back home. Go ’Bows!”
Below is a video of yesterday’s press conference introducing Thomas as Hawaii’s new assistant coach: