NASDA-GQ   FASHION POWER INDEX:          1. Jay Wright (Villanova)          2. Rick Pitino (Louisville)          3. Willis Wilson (Rice)          4. John Calipari (Memphis)          5. Roy Williams (North Carolina)          6. Trent Johnson (Stanford)          7. Bruiser Flint (Drexel)          8. Dennis Felton (Georgia)          9. Bobby Lutz (Charlotte)          10. Lorenzo Romar (Washington)          11. Jerry Wainwright (DePaul)          12. Tubby Smith (Kentucky)          13. Michael Perry (Georgia State)          14. Neil Dougherty (TCU)          15. Bob McKillop (Davidson)          16. Stan Heath (Arkansas)          17. Ricky Stokes (East Carolina)          18. Billy Donovan (Florida)          19. Dave Dickerson (Tulane)          20. Tom Pecora (Hofstra)          21. Jessie Evans (San Francisco)          22. Buzz Peterson (Coastal Carolina)          23. Norm Roberts (St. John’s)          24. Dave Leitao (Virginia)          25. Perry Watson (Detroit)          26. Barry Hinson (Missouri State)          27. Orlando Early (Louisiana-Monroe)          29. Tom Penders (Houston)          31. Skip Prosser (Wake Forest)          32. Tic Price (McNeese State)          33. Gregg Marshall (Winthrop)          34. Bob Thomason (Pacific)          35. Jim Larranaga (George Mason)          37. Frank Haith (Miami)          40. Ricardo Patton (Colorado)          41. Tom Izzo (Michigan State)          42. Thad Matta (Ohio State)          43. Rick Barnes (Texas)          47. Bill Self (Kansas)          52. Jeff Capel (VCU)          55. Vann Pettaway (Alabama A&M)          59. Ron Jirsa (Marshall)          63. Bruce Pearl (Tennessee)          71. Bobby Marlin (Sam Houston State)          75. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)          82. Lute Olson (Arizona)          87. Larry Hunter (Western Carolina)          94. Jim Les (Bradley)          106. Byron Samuels (Radford)          108. Brian Gregory (Dayton)          112. Randy Monroe (UMBC)          113. Brad Holland (San Diego)          114. Dennis Wolff (Boston University)          118. Darrin Horn (Western Kentucky)          125. Milan Brown (Mount St. Mary’s)          131. Mike Young (Wofford)          144. Randy Bennett (St. Mary’s)          151. Mike Adras (Northern Arizona)          162. John Giannini (La Salle)          167. Riley Wallace (Hawaii)          186. Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech)          198. Porter Moser (Illinois State)          206. Steve Shields (Arkansas-Little Rock)          237. Mike Burns (Eastern Washington)          288. Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan)
NAME: Bob Thomason
SCHOOL: Pacific
FPI: 34
COMMENT: Never a button undone, Thomason brings a very chic and professional look to the court. His traditional corporate America look is a winner in the very trendy California landscape. Is becoming a fashion fixture.

Bob 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 success.

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 Turlock.

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.



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