Thomason is in his 18th season at Pacific, and has
the most wins in school history with 286. He has
been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year
four times (1992-93, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05).
Bringing the Pacific basketball program back to the
level it enjoyed when he himself wore the Tiger
orange and black was the main goal for Bob Thomason
when he was hired in March of 1988. As Bob enters
his 18th season at his alma mater, his goal has been
attained plus some, directing the Tigers to 11
winning seasons in the last 13 years and 51 wins in
the last two years.
In 2005, the Tigers ventured where no Tiger team has
gone before, setting school records with 27 wins and
an 18-0 Big West Conference mark in addition to 22
straight wins. In 2005, the Tigers also won an NCAA
Tournament First Round game for the second straight
year. Pacific has won 31 straight Big West league
games entering this season.
In 2003-04, the Tigers were 25-8, winning an NCAA
Tournament First Round game, with an upset victory
over Providence in the first round. It was Pacific's
second trip to the NCAA Tournament under Thomason.
He led Pacific to a 75-73 win over Cal State
Northridge in the Big West Conference championship
game. Pacific also shared the Big West regular season championship with a record of 17-1.
Three times under Thomason, Pacific has had a school
third-best 16-game winning streak. Seven years ago,
after losing the first two games of the Big West
season, the Tigers reeled off 16 straight games to
advance to the Big West Tournament championship game
for the second straight year. In 1996-97, Pacific
got out of the gate strong, winning 16 in a row
after a season-opening loss. Pacific won the Big
West Conference championship in 1996-97. The Tigers
made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since
1979, when Pacific took the PCAA crown and advanced
to the NCAA Tournament. Pacific has only finished
lower than fifth in the Big West once since 1990,
winning at least nine league games in nine of the
last 11 seasons. In 1998, the Tigers came one game
from a second straight appearance in the NCAA
Tournament, making the school's first-ever National
Invitation Tournament appearance.
Thomason earned Big West Conference Coach of the
Year honors for the fourth time in 2005. In 1996-97
led to Thomason was named coach of the Year for the
second time. He first earned the award in 1992-93.
Bob directed his Tigers to a Western Division title
in 1996-97 and 1997-98, and five finishes of second
or third place. The 1993-94 club challenged for a
conference title until the final game of the season.
When Pacific tied for fifth in 1991-92, the Tigers
marched to within one point of the NCAA Tournament
as they narrowly lost, 74-73 to New Mexico State in
the Big West Tournament championship game.
After 17 seasons, Thomason has come full circle at
Pacific, rebuilding the program to the greatness it
had achieved when he was a player at Pacific.
Thomason-led teams at Pacific have won more games
during the last nine seasons - 172 - than in any
nine-year span since the late 60's/early 70's. The
last coach to guide Pacific to as many wins in a
nine-year stretch was Dick Edwards.
Thomason, in fact, played for Edwards from '69
through '71, and is the winningest coach in Spanos
Center history (169-50). Thomason's teams are 110-24
(.821) at home since 1995 with 16 straight winning
seasons. Pacific extended its home winning streak to
30 (third in the nation at the time), before losing
its final home game in 1998.
A 1971 Pacific graduate, Thomason played on teams
that were 17-9, 21-6 and 22-6 in 1968-69, 1969-70
and 1970-71, respectively. The 1970-71 club with
teammates John Gianelli and Jim McCargo, advanced to
the NCAA Tournament. Bob Thomason is a visible link
between Pacific's past glory and its present
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 11 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. Now he's aiming for a championship at the
pinnacle of college basketball -- NCAA Division I.
In three years at Division III Stanislaus State, he
amassed a 52-27 record and reached the Southeast
Regionals in just his second year at the helm. In
1987, Thomason guided the Warriors to a Northern
California Athletic Conference championship, their
first ever, and to the first 20-win season in school
history. The year prior to Thomason's arrival at
Stanislaus, the Warriors were 5-20.
Before his term at Stanislaus, Thomason guided
Columbia College to a 75-49 record, including the
school's first-ever Central Valley Conference
championship, in 1984-85. The year prior, Thomason
led Columbia to a school-record 27 wins. In 2002,
Thomason was inducted into the California Community
College Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of
Fame for his coaching days at Columbia College.
In 24 seasons at the collegiate level (junior
college and NCAA), his career collegiate coaching
record stands at 386-284.
In the high school ranks, he was 150-71, coaching
three years at Escalon and five years at Turlock
High School. He went 66-17 at Escalon and 84-54 at
Bob Thomason was born in San Jose, Calif. He
graduated from Clayton Valley High School in
Concord, Calif. in 1967. Thomason earned his
bachelor's degree from Pacific in physical education
in 1971. He later earned his master's degree in
physical education in 1985. He and his wife Jerri
live in Stockton. They have two sons, Jeff (39) and
Scott (28). Jeff, a 1998 Pacific graduate, is
currently a member of the Oakland Police Department.
Scott is a 1999 Pacific graduate currently teaching
at Manteca's Sierra High School, where he also
serves as the varsity boy's basketball coach.