Jeff Thomas
Jeff Thomas
Title: Head Football Coach
Phone: 253-879-3457
Alma Mater: Redlands '03
Twitter: @jeffthomas4
Instagram: @jeffthomas4

It seems that new school records are an annual occurence for the Puget Sound football program under head coach Jeff Thomas' leadership. The 2018 Loggers set single-season program records for passing touchdowns (40), pass completions (321), passing yards per game (381.1), and total points (350). Eight Loggers received 2018 All-NWC honors, incuding five on the First Team. Over the course of the season, Puget Sound earned eight NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors (between offense, defense, special teams). Tacoma native AJ Johnson set the Puget Sound single-season record for receiving yards with 1,096. He and Jewell Day were named to the All-West Region Team by Day also excelled in the classroom and earned Academic All-District from CoSIDA.

Thomas' eighth season as Puget Sound's head coach (2017) culminated in six All-Northwest Conference selections. The Loggers continued their prolific aerial attack as Dustin Harrison led the Northwest Conference in both receptions and receiving yards per game. Defensively, Zack Teats led all of NCAA D-III in passes defended per game. 

Thomas led the Loggers to one of their most successful seasons since the turn of the century in 2015. Puget Sound finished the season with a 6-3 record, and finished third in the Northwest Concerence at 5-2. The Loggers' five NWC wins are tied for most in the conference in program history. Puget Sound also secured its first home victory over Pacific Lutheran since 1978. 

The 2016 season yielded several Puget Sound records. Quarterback Hans Fortune set single-season records for passing yards and total offense, while Brenn Schon set the new standard for receiving yards in a season. Fortune earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honor, and Schon was named to the National Team of the Week in the final week of the season. Six Loggers earned All-NWC honors in 2015, including two First Team selections.

Thomas led the Loggers to four wins in the 2014 season, marking the program's best single-season turnaround since the 2004 season when the Loggers went 5-4 after an 0-9 season in 2003. Seven Loggers were named to the All-NWC Second Team in 2014.

Thomas was named head football coach on Jan. 26, 2010. During his first season as head coach, the Loggers broke 23 school records and put together the sixth-best passing offense in NCAA Division III while posting a 2-7 record. Thomas recorded his first victory in his first game as head coach with a 36-19 win over Pacific on Sept. 4 in a non-conference game in Baker Stadium. He led the Loggers to 42-31 victory over Pacific on Oct. 30 for his first win in a Northwest Conference game.

Before he took over as the Loggers' head coach, Thomas served in multiple roles on the coaching staff at the University of Redlands from 2003-2009. After the 2009 season, Thomas was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches' Association. The Bulldogs were a perennial conference title contender each year while winning the championship twice in that time.  He has worked both sides of the ball serving as coach of the defensive backs and wide receivers as well as serving as special teams coordinator.  As the offensive coordinator Thomas helped lead the Bulldogs to various school-record performances, including total offense in a single game with 677 yards on Nov. 3, 2007. 

A four-year letter-winner and senior captain at Redlands, Thomas began his career as a quarterback but then developed into one of the most decorated defensive backs in Redlands history.  He won numerous accolades as he helped the Bulldogs reach the NCAA playoffs in 2002.  His play earned him a spot on the US team in the 2002 Aztec Bowl, an annual game pitting Division III football all-stars from the United States against their Mexican counterparts.

Thomas graduated with a bachelor's degree in Government from Redlands and was named CoSIDA Academic All-District as a senior. In late 2005, Thomas completed his Master of Arts from the School of Education at the University of Redlands.

Overall Coaching Record at Puget Sound
(9 Seasons)

Year Overall NWC
2010 2-7 1-5
2011 0-9 0-6
2012 0-9 0-6
2013 1-8 0-6
2014 4-5 3-4
2015 6-3 5-2
2016 3-6 1-6
2017 3-6 2-5
2018 5-5 3-4

TOTAL 24-58 15-44