Victor “Poppy” Thomas mentioned he’s grateful that his work at Lincoln College is being acknowledged after it has emerged that the Jamaican coach, thought of one of many best within the college’s historical past, is to be inducted within the Missouri Sports activities Corridor of Fame on February 25, 2021.
“I really feel good that I did one thing good and I’m grateful for the popularity,” Thomas advised Sportsmax.TV whereas revealing that since he grew to become conscious that he’s to be honoured, he has reached out to most of the individuals who helped him construct his legacy.
“100 years from now folks will nonetheless see my identify, which is able to reside on within the state of Missouri.”
Since he took over head coach, the LU girls have gained 9 out of doors nationwide titles, 5 indoor nationwide championships, 5 MIAA indoor titles and 4 league out of doors championships.
In the meantime, the LU males have additionally excelled culminating within the Blue Tigers’ 2012 out of doors season wherein each of Lincoln’s observe & area groups completed No. 2 within the nation.
In 2016, Thomas led the Lincoln males to their first MIAA Indoor Monitor & Discipline championship since 1981 whereas, in 2017, the Blue Tiger males captured the MIAA Outside Monitor & Discipline Championship.
In recognition, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation (JAAA) launched a press release at present congratulating Thomas on his pending induction into the Corridor of Fame.
“Congratulations to Lincoln College’s observe and area head coach Victor ‘Poppy’ Thomas, a 14-time NCAA Division II Champion on his nomination to be inducted within the Missouri Sports activities Corridor of Fame,” the JAAA mentioned in a press release.
“Thomas has been named Coach of the 12 months 10 occasions by the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Affiliation and was the 2004 Heartland Convention Coach of the 12 months. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation (JAAA) salutes you.”
Getting into the 2020-21 marketing campaign, Thomas has coached athletes to 881 All-American performances. Since 2011, Thomas has coached 564 USTFCCCA All-Area performers, 200 athletes who’ve earned a spot on the MIAA Tutorial Honor Roll and 50 recipients of the MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award.