“Just a blue collar, hardworking, country boy who loves Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) and baseball,” is how CVCC Athletic Director Adam Thomas and former head baseball coach describes himself, but Thomas will soon hold the distinguished title of Hall of Famer. He is one of four honorees to be officially inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (AlaBCA) Hall of Fame on Friday, January 18, at the 21st Annual Awards Banquet in Birmingham, Alabama.
“First and foremost, I am extremely humbled by this honor,” said Thomas. “To even be considered as a Hall of Famer still seems surreal. I am just so appreciative of the AlaBCA and still am in awe that they chose me to be a part of their Hall of Fame.”
Thomas’ record speaks for itself and leaves nothing to wonder as to why he would be selected for such an honor. During the course of his 19-year career at CVCC as the head baseball coach (he recently retired from that position), Thomas led the team to a 728-358 record and continues to hold the title of All-Time Winningest Coach at CVCC and in the Alabama Community College Conference for the past 15 years (since conference online stats have been maintained). The Pirates team has participated in the JUCO (junior college/community college) World Series four times under his leadership, finishing third in the country in 2015 and 2016. Thomas’ accolades are many and include being named Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) Southern/Central Division Coach of the Year six times and ACCC/Southeastern District Coach of the Year four times.
Coach Thomas has helped more than 200 players sign scholarships to four-year colleges and universities, while 26 were either drafted in the MLB draft or signed to professional contracts as free agents. He is a strong man of faith and credits his outstanding record of success to God, his family, the players and staff.
“God, in His Glory, decided to bless my career for reasons I will never know on this side of eternity,” said Thomas. “He has given me great coaches, great players, and that is the number one reason for the success CVCC Baseball was able to achieve during my tenure. The true Hall of Famers are every single player that I have had the privilege to coach and every assistant coach that has held me up through the years. They are what made this program. I was just fortunate enough to have the title ‘Head Coach’ beside my name.”
Thomas and his wife, Heather, have one son, Owen, who is a freshman at CVCC. With all of Thomas’ accomplishments, he is most proud of his family and grateful to have had their support over the years.
“There is no way you can have success without the support of a wonderful family. My wife, Heather, my son, Owen, along with parents, Don and Jan Thomas, my sisters and brothers-in-law, Jon and Allison Sims and Scot and Amy Hemmings, and my mother and father in law, Don and Kay Taylor, have been absolutely the best support system a man could ask for.”