R.J. Thomas, the winningest coach in Hendrix College baseball history, has resigned as head coach to take a similar position at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
After six seasons at the helm of the Warriors, Thomas compiled 108 wins.
"I leave Hendrix with mixed emotions," said Thomas. "As (former Hendrix Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach) Cliff Garrison always says, ‘Once a Warrior, always a Warrior.’ As a former player and coach at Hendrix, I truly feel blessed to have been a Warrior. I would have enjoyed coaching this team in 2013, but the opportunity presented by Southwestern was an offer I couldn’t pass up."
In 2009, Thomas led Hendrix to a program-record 22 wins and captured the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament. This past season, the Warriors went 22-20, which was the first winning season in the program’s 20-year history.
"Coach Thomas has been a valuable part of the Warrior athletics family," said Hendrix Director of Athletics Amy Weaver. "He has not only built a successful baseball program, but has provided an excellent experience for our student-athletes."
In six years under Thomas, Hendrix placed 33 players on the All-SCAC Team, including a school-record nine players in 2010. He was named the SCAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
Besides coaching, Thomas oversaw the enhancement of Warrior Field, leading a fundraising effort that increased the seating by 111% to 361 chairback seats for the 2012 season. He also served as the department’s Athletic Facilities Coordinator.
"I want to thank the players both current and former, the parents and all of the supporters of Hendrix baseball," Thomas said. "Without your efforts none of our successes would have been possible. I was blessed to work with some great people while I was at Hendrix.
"I would like to especially thank coach Weaver for her guidance and support over the last eight years. I truly feel that I am leaving the baseball program at Hendrix better than I found it. I know I leave the program in good hands as they make the move into the Southern Athletic Association."