Chelsea Thomas, who has spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Saint Louis University, has been named as assistant coach/pitching coach at McKendree University. Thomas joined the Bearcats' staff in June 2015, which will be led by former collegiate teammate Ashley Fleming..
Thomas became a member of the Saint Louis coaching staff for the 2014 season. She served an important role in the development of Billikens’ pitcher Brianna Lore, who was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2014. Lore also collected first-team All-Conference and second-team All-Region accolades that season.
One of the most decorated pitchers in Missouri softball history, Thomas left the Tigers’ program as the career leader with 111 victories along with 1,174 strikeouts. In addition, Thomas ranks among the top five all-time at Missouri in career appearances (159), complete games (97), innings pitched (925), shutouts (46) and winning percentage (.782). She tied for the program’s single-season wins mark with 32 in 2011, the same year she struck out a school-record 397 batters. Thomas also led the NCAA with a 0.95 earned run average that season.
Like Fleming, Thomas was a part of three consecutive Women’s College World Series appearances from 2009-11, and was named to the WCWS All-Tournament team following the 2011 trip. In each of her last three seasons, Thomas garnered NFCA first-team All-America honors. She was twice named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year (2011 and 2012) before collecting the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year award as a senior in 2013. Thomas earned All-Conference accolades three times in her career – twice in the Big 12 and once in the SEC. Thomas also excelled in the classroom, grabbing Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors twice in her career. She was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree while receiving SEC Academic Honor Roll mention in 2013.
Thomas, who was a two-time Team USA member, is currently in her third season as a member of the USSSA Florida Pride that competes in National Pro Fastpitch (NPF).