Jennifer (Jenn) Thomas begins her third season as the Women's Lacrosse Head Coach at Western Connecticut State University.
In her first two seasons at the helm, the Colonials have gone 15-19 overall and 6-6 in the Little East Conference. They have appeared in the LEC Tournament both seasons, and advanced to the second round in 2017.
Thomas, a native of Waterford, Conn. was and Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. and had the honor to coach a First-Team All-American, a First-Team All-Star student-athlete, four IWLCA Region players, a pair of North/South Senior All-Stars, seven All-Conference (PSAC) stars and 10 IWLCA All-Academic Honor Roll Players. During her tenure, Mercyhurst was named Top Team GPA in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for three consecutive years, IWLCA Academic Honor Squad, and received the 2015 Academic Merit Squad Award for the top GPA in the country within NCAA Division II.
Prior to her appointment at Mercyhurst, Thomas was an assistant coach at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. While with the Lyons, she mentored three All-NEWMAC players, two IWLCA All-Region players and two ECAC First-Team All Stars. MHC received IWLCA Academic Honors and appeared in the NEWMAC Tournament during her tenure.
Thomas began her collegiate playing career at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass. as a scholarship student-athlete. For the Yellow Jackets, she starred in the midfield and in the defense side of the field.
She then transferred to Springfield College and was a draw specialist for her junior and senior year. Thomas led the Pride to back-to-back New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Conference Championships in 2012 and 2013 and led Springfield to two straight trips to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. She was named team captain for Springfield for her senior campaign.
Scholastically at Waterford High School, Thomas was a Connecticut All-Area and All-Conference selection and captained the team her final season in high school after only playing for two years. She is a three-sport varsity letter winner in soccer, basketball, lacrosse and was declared "Student of the Year" in 2009 for superior leadership.
Thomas explained that her Native American heritage and that "being Native American (Iroquois) the game of lacrosse has a very special place in my heart and is certainly one of the reasons why I am so passionate for this magnificent sport."