Jay Thomas (American football)

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Jay Thomas
Biographical details
Born (1960-10-18) October 18, 1960 (age 58)
Baker, Louisiana
Alma mater Southern Mississippi
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1989 LSU (GA)
1990–1992 Nicholls State (DE)
1993–1998 Southeast Missouri State (DL)
1999–2003 Nicholls State (AHC/DC/DL)
2004–2009 Nicholls State
2010–2011 Northwestern State (DL)
2012 Missouri Southern (DC)
2013–2017 Northwestern State
Head coaching record
Overall 48–71
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 Southland (2005)
Southland Coach of the Year (2005)

Jay Thomas (born October 18, 1960) is a former American college football coach, previously serving as the head football coach at Northwestern State University, a position he held from December 2012 until November 2017. He held the same capacity at Nicholls State University from 2004 to 2009.[1] Thomas compiled an overall record of 48–71.

Coaching career

Thomas began his coaching career as a high school coach and subsequently served as an assistant coach at Louisiana State, Nicholls State and Southeast Missouri. He returned to Nicholls State as the defensive coordinator in 1999 and was elevated to the head coach position in 2004. Following his firing in 2009, Thomas spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Northwestern State before becoming the defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern in 2012.

On December 20, 2012, Thomas was hired as the head coach at Northwestern State.[2] He was let go by Northwestern State after the 2017 football.[3]

Personal life

Thomas is an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Nicholls State Colonels (Southland Conference) (2004–2009)
2004 Nicholls State 5–5 2–3 4th
2005 Nicholls State 6–4 5–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 17
2006 Nicholls State 4–7 2–4 T–5th
2007 Nicholls State 6–5 3–4 T–5th
2008 Nicholls State 3–6 3–4 5th
2009 Nicholls State 3–8 2–5 T–6th
Nicholls State: 27–35 17–21
Northwestern State Demons (Southland Conference) (2013–2017)
2013 Northwestern State 6–6 3–4 5th
2014 Northwestern State 6–6 4–4 6th
2015 Northwestern State 4–7 4–5 T–5th
2016 Northwestern State 1–10 0–9 11th
2017 Northwestern State 4–7 4–5 T–6th
Northwestern State: 21–36 15–27
Total: 48–71
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Nicholls State University Athletics". Geauxcolonels.com. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Pugh, Jason (December 20, 2012). "Northwestern State fills coaching void with Jay Thomas". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Jay Thomas out as Northwestern State head coach". The Shreveport Times. November 17, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2018.

External links

  • Northwestern State profile
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