Strength and Conditioning Coach
Strength & Conditioning
In his 20th year at Penn State, the efforts of John Thomas have made a significant impact in the squad's overall strength and conditioning habits. His strenuous regimen throughout the year is most evident during "winning time," as the Nittany Lions' conditioning has helped them secure or win many games in the fourth quarter during his tenure. Penn State won seven games decided by 10 points or less in 2011 and has won 22 such games since 2005. His efforts were recognized with his 2002 selection as Master of Strength and Conditioning Coach, a title held by fewer than 30 people worldwide. He also was chosen the 1997 National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach-of-the-Year. Thomas spent two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy, the second as the head of the strength and conditioning program in 1990-91. A Muskingum College graduate, he started at defensive tackle for two years and at offensive guard for two seasons and was an All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference first-team pick and a second-team Division II All-American. He was inducted into the Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2008. Thomas spent two years as a graduate assistant football and strength coach at Toledo. At the University of the South (1986-89), he coached football and served as a strength coach in football and baseball.