It wasn’t that long ago that the Boise State women’s soccer team was stagnant and unsure of themselves. Then came head coach Jim Thomas.
“I came in as a fresh face and brought a new philosophy to the program which I felt is what it needed. And the players responded great,” Thomas said.
Thomas is entering his second year as the head coach of the program and has already made waves by guiding the Broncos to a 13- win season for the first time since 2009.
“I think he wants to establish a legacy here,” junior midfielder Brooke Heidenmann said. “Which I feel he has already done in just one year here.”
Before becoming the head coach here, Thomas was an assistant at the University of Washington and jumped at the opportunity to come to Boise State.
“Anytime you get the opportunity to be a head coach at a premier Division I program you have to take it,” Thomas said. “It was a great opportunity to coach at the highest level.”
Thomas brought with him a philosophy that strives to get the most out of his players.
“I’m a disciplinarian, but I’m a disciplinarian when it comes to things they are capable of,” Thomas said. “I will not let a player play sub-standardly.”
In addition, Thomas has brought with him his own unique style of aggressive attack play. The Broncos led the league in goals last year with 33.
Thomas prides himself as a motivator and has already pushed the program to new heights.
“He just motivated us in way we didn’t think we could be,” Heidenmann said. “There are always those extra steps you can reach and we were just not reaching them until he arrived here.”
During his brief time here Thomas has already made quite the impression on his players.
“He is not only a great coach, but a friend as well,” senior defender Mikhaila Bowden said. “He is definitely there for us no matter what and is always there for us to talk to about anything, it doesn’t have to be soccer related.”
More importantl than soccer, Thomas wants to prepare his players for life.
“The way he coaches, he not only teaches us soccer, but how to use the skills we have in life as well,” Bowden said.
Thomas sees himself as being here for the long haul, and couldn’t be happier about becoming a Bronco.
“It’s a great place for my family and there are not too many opportunities better than Boise State,” Thomas said.