Rudy Thomas was
named UC San Diego's Director of Strength and Conditioning in May, 2010.
Prior to joining the
Triton family, Thomas worked at Marquette University with the
basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball, and track and field
Thomas comes to La
Jolla after three seasons at Marquette, where he designed, implemented,
and supervised year-round periodized strength, speed, and conditioning
programs for many of the Golden Eagle athletic teams. In addition to
implementing several speed and power enhancement programs, Thomas also
served as coordinator of the Marquette Strength and Conditioning
Internship Program and the Student Athlete Training Table.
Prior to his time in
Milwaukee, Thomas served as a strength coach at the University of Iowa
from 2006-07, working with the men's and women's basketball teams, as
well as with the Olympic sports. He was also an assistant strength coach
at Stanford University from 2001-02, where he again worked with the
men's and women's basketball and track and field teams. While at
Stanford, Thomas was mentored by John Murray, the current strength and
conditioning coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.
Thomas has also
worked as a guest strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State
University and the University of South Florida.
In addition to his
experience working in intercollegiate athletics, Thomas served as the
director of strength and conditioning at the Columbus Academy from
2005-06, where he designed, implemented and oversaw strength, speed, and
conditioning programs for all 18 Academy varsity sports. He also worked
as the director for athletic development at the High Intensity Training
Center in Worthington, Ohio in 2006.
Thomas earned a
bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science with a concentration in
strength and conditioning from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in
2001. He went on to earn a masters' of science degree from Boise State
in exercise physiology in 2004. While at BSU, he served as an adjunct
professor in the Department of Kinesiology, as well as a volunteer
strength and conditioning coach.