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May 10, 2012

Former Chickasha star coaches Northeast to state title

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Tim Thomas has a long resume of athletic achievements in the state of Oklahoma, and the Chickasha native added another to the list this season, coaching Northeast Academy to the 2012 boys track and field state championship in class 2A.

Thomas has coached at Northeast for four years now, but got his coaching start in Chickasha.

He taught middle school and was an assistant football coach under Tim Reynolds, while also serving as an assistant for current Chickasha High School track coach Gary Sampson.

While all the coaches he worked under helped him become a successful coach, Thomas said Reynolds had a particularly strong influence on him.

"A man that really got me going and helped me was Tim Reynolds," Thomas said. "We had some really good championship teams down there back in the day. Coach Reynolds gave me the opportunity and got me involved in the football program. Being under him and how he runs programs, that carried over to me running my track programs."

Another thing that has helped make Tim Thomas the coach that he is, is the fact that he was a stellar athlete in high school in college. A member of the Chickasha High School athletic Hall of Fame, Thomas won five state championships in his career as a Fightin' Chick.

Thomas took the state crown in the 100-meter dash, the 400-meter run, as a member of the 4x100 relay, and twice won in the 200-meter run.

He was named the Gatorade track and field Player of the Year, and was a National High School All-American.

Thomas started his college career at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College in Wilburton, where he was a National Junior College All-American runner-up, and qualified for the USA Junior World Championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

He finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma State University, where he was an OSU All-American and was named the OSU Male Athlete of the Year in his senior year.

Thomas said he still visits Chickasha on a regular basis, as his mother, uncle and two sisters still live in the city.

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