Mitch Thomas begins his fifth season as an assistant softball coach at Washington University in St. Louis.
While assisting head coaches Leticia Pineda-Boutté and Michelle Venturella the past four seasons, WashU posted four -straight seasons of 25 or more wins and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears won University Athletic Association (UAA) championships in 2014, 2015 and 2017, earning Thomas a spot on the 2015 and 2017 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Thomas arrived at WashU after serving as seven seasons as head coach of St. Louis Pride 18U and volunteer coach at Timberland High School. He guided the Pride to a fifth place finish at the USFA Nationals in 2014 and a ninth place finish at the 2013 USSSA Disney World Series. From 2013-15, he had 13 of 16 players that sign letter of intents to play college softball.
Thomas also provides hitting and fielding lessons at The Hitting Zone in O'Fallon, Mo.
He attended Missouri Western State College from 1998-2000, and graduated with a hospitality studies degree from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.
He works full-time at Busey Bank and has three children: Katlyn (21), Brayden (12) and Aubrey (8).
Updated August 1, 2017