Nigel Thomas joined the Battling Bishop staff as assistant men's basketball coach in the fall of 2014, most recently helping the Bishops capture the 2017-18 USA South Regular Season Championship. With nearly 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Thomas possesses a vast knowledge of recruiting, film exchange, on-floor coaching, opponent scouting, game-day preparation, travel coordination, player development and monitoring of academic progress.
Thomas will enter his fifth season on the Bishop sideline after previously serving three years as head coach at Langston University, his alma mater. An NAIA affiliate located in Langston, Okla., Thomas took the reigns of a Lions program that won a combined eight games its previous two seasons and proceeded to eclipse that total with 11 wins in his first year at the helm. Under his direction, Langston reached the Red River Conference Tournament in all three of his campaigns, including a 2013-2014 season that saw the Lions post an 11-9 record in league play.
Off the court, Thomas' Lions were also successful, achieving a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 in each semester of his three years as head coach. Prior to taking over, he served as an assistant coach to Greg Webb, whom he played under as a point guard from 1999-2003.
Before his return to Langston, Thomas served five seasons as assistant coach at Prairie State College. Joining the Pioneer staff in June of 2003, Thomas functioned as the program's recruiting coordinator and developed a skill instruction program. Additionally, he has worked with some of the top coaches in the NCAA, including University of St. Louis Head Men's Basketball Coach Travis Ford and Duke Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Thomas has also recently worked camps at Virginia Tech University (Buzz Williams- Head Coach), North Carolina State University and Winthrop University (S.C.). In addition, Thomas has helped with the Paul Biancardi Skills Camp as well as the John Wall and Kevin Durant Camps.
Thomas earned his B.A. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Langston in 2003 and is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Black Coaches Association and is the co-founder of the Elite Skills Basketball Academy, which was established in Park Forest, Ill. in May of 2008. In addition to his coaching duties, he will also head up Wesleyan's SAAC and Community Service efforts.
Thomas is married to the former Carrie Smith, and they have three daughters: Jaidyn, Jazelle, and Jurnee.