Thomas added to Richmond Basketball Staff

Peter Thomas has been hired as an assistant coach, Richmond men’s basketball head coach Chris Mooney announced Tuesday.
Thomas returns to Richmond following nine seasons on the staff at Campbell University, including the last five as associate head coach.
“I’m thrilled to have Peter back at Richmond,” said Mooney. “He is a tremendously talented coach who brings with him a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of our program and culture. We’re extremely fortunate to once again have him as part of our program.”
A 2007 Richmond graduate, Thomas served as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations for five seasons from 2008-13, helping the team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, an Atlantic 10 title and a Sweet 16 berth. Richmond compiled a 110-64 record with Thomas on staff, securing the highest NCAA Tournament seed (7) in school history in 2010 and winning a school-record 29 games in 2011, when UR defeated Vanderbilt and Morehead State in the NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet 16.
Thomas, a native of Little Rock, Ark., began his playing career as a walk-on at Richmond in 2003. When Mooney arrived in Richmond in 2005, he awarded Thomas a scholarship. Thomas would start all 60 games for the Spiders over the next two years.
As a senior and team captain in 2006-07, Thomas averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field and earning Academic All-Conference honors for a second straight season.
Thomas brings 15 seasons of college coaching experience to Richmond. In his nine seasons at Campbell, Thomas helped the Fighting Camels to five winning seasons, three postseason appearances, a pair of trips to the Big South championship game, and the 2019 regular season Big South title, just the second conference title in program history.
Thomas was the lead recruiter of former Campbell star Chris Clemons, who finished his career in 2019 third on the NCAA Division I scoring list with 3,225 points. Clemons is the only player in Campbell history to earn All-American honors in Division I.
Thomas started his coaching career in 2007, when he started a one-year stint as a basketball operations assistant at Eastern Kentucky. Thomas received his Master’s degree in sports management from EKU in 2009.
Thomas and his wife Jamie have a daughter, Claire, and a son, Peter.

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