The season before Thomason took control of the Tiger basketball program, Pacific suffered through a 5-24 year. There had been just one winning season in the last five. Thomason not only has guided the Tigers to 13 winning seasons, but he has also directed the Tigers to at least the semifinals of the Big West Tournament eight times. Success is no stranger to Thomason. He has won championships everywhere he has coached — at the high school, junior college and four-year college level.
He has been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year five times (1992-93, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06).
Thomason is a solid, solid coach who always puts together a competitive program. Most notably recently with an NCAA tournament win in an upset over Providence and Ryan Gomes in 2004.
With 416 career wins at age 60, while coaching his alma mater, it’s highly unlikely Thomason would ever think about leaving Pacific. Regardless, his track record and recent success, 5 of the past 6 seasons resulting in 20+ wins have earned him a spot on this list.