Campbellsville University Names Perry Thomas as Head Football Coach
Dec. 17, 2007
"The winning starts today," said Thomas in accepting his first collegiate head football coaching position.
"I am very excited and ready to get started and I am very appreciative of this opportunity to work at such a great institution like
Thomas said that his program would have three main goals. "We will recruit and retain young men of high quality; we will earn degrees and we will win the National Championship," he added. "Make no mistake, that is our goal. We can talk about the Mid-South Conference, an undefeated season, rival games and those are all great things, but our goal on the field will be to win the National Title. I'm not sure when that will happen, but we start working towards that goal today," he added.
As for the look of the Tigers on the field, the new coach said look for Campbellsville to run a spread offense. We won't lean on the pass or the run exclusively, but we will depend on our personnel and also our game plan for the week," he added. Defensively the Tigers will work out of a 3-5 base. "We'll also run 4-4 and 5-2 elements and we will be an attacking defense. We won't necessarily line up and blitz every down but you will see eleven hats to the football on every play and we will be highly aggressive," said Thomas. "We will have fun on the field," he added.
Perry Thomas has been a successful head coach in
"Coach Thomas is a coach with solid experience, a role model for young men, and believes in the mission of
responsibility, discipline, and integrity. He will lead our program in a way that makes the Christian mission of C.U. proud," said Campbellsville University President Dr. Michael V. Carter.
Over the past eight seasons Thomas has guided the Blue Tornado of Paducah Tilghman High School to a 70-31 record, including eight playoff appearances, five district championships, two regional championships and two state semi-final appearances. His 2007 team finished the season 9-5 and was eliminated in the state semi-finals 17-14 on a last second field goal by eventual
From 1992 through 1999 he was the head coach at
Thomas has been named District and/or Region Coach of the Year nine times during his career and was named the 1993 and 1997 Kentucky Class A Coach of the Year by the Courier-Journal. He is a five-time coaching staff member of the
"Coach Thomas is well respected throughout the state of
Thomas will officially begin as Campbellsville's head coach in January, although "I'm starting recruiting today," he added. "We will meet with the players after the break and let them know in no uncertain terms that we love them and that we are committed to them but that they are going to have to be committed to this program as well," said Thomas.
With the announcement of Thomas as its new head coach, Campbellsville concludes a coaching search that took just under one month to complete. "I want to offer my sincere thanks to the search committee members who spent many long hours helping us work through this process of selecting a head football coach. Their opinions and wisdom were certainly an important part of this selection, said Hollingsworth.