“(NSU President)Dr. (Randy) Webb and (vice president for external affairs) Mr. (Jerry) Pierce made me feel at home. I was so relaxed, it was amazing,” said Thomas. “I promise I’m going to do my very best for you guys. It really means a lot to have their confidence.”
He also shared his pride in the support of his immediate predecessors in the Demon head coaching office, Bradley Dale Peveto (2009-12) and Scott Stoker (2002-08).
“The foundation of the program is here. I’d like to thank Coach Peveto, who has left a good foundation to work from. He was one of the first to call me last night and congratulate me. Also, Coach Stoker called me last night. They both care about this university and poured their hearts and souls into this program, so I’m not walking into a rebuilding situation. Knowing I have their friendship and support means a great deal.”
Thomas said he was moving quickly to build a staff and was immediately beginning contacting recruits.
“I was up until 2:30 this morning returning texts and calls,” he said, “but I love it. I’m so excited about what we can do. The tradition of this Northwestern football program is amazing. It has happened here in a big way, and the administrators and so many of the people who are here were here when we’ve had great success before. I’ve seen what this community has to offer, and we loved our two years here. We’re thrilled to be coming back home to Louisiana, and especially to Natchitoches and Northwestern.”