Morgan Thomas started working with the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team in June of 2014 and was promoted to first assistant coach in February of 2015. Starting in the spring of 2016, she will assist head coach Tony Graystone with the first Islanders Beach Volleyball team. Thomas arrived to the Island University after spending two years as a graduate assistant for the University of South Carolina.
Thomas, who spent the 2014 season coaching the middle blockers, helped blossom freshmen Brittany Gilpin and Madeleine Doud. She also helped with the transition of junior Kelsee Felux from outside to middle. Gilpin had an impressive freshman year with a team-high .268 hitting percentage and led the team with 83 blocks. Felux collected 69 blocks, which was third on the team behind Gilpin and Honorable Mention All-America Brianna Brink.
Thomas, a native of Fort Lauderdale Fla., was a four-year starter for USC Upstate and a standout middle blocker. She set numerous school records, including the top record in USC Upstate Division I history with 1,049 career kills, and the top record for career blocks with 315. The former team captain also was the first All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection in program history in 2011. Off the court, Thomas served as a marketing intern in the athletics department, while being highly involved on the Executive Board on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Additionally, she helped incoming students transition into college as a University 101 Peer Leader.
Following her successful collegiate career, Thomas landed her first job as a graduate assistant for the South Carolina indoor volleyball team in July of 2012. With the Gamecocks, Thomas was responsible for coordinating and directing community service initiatives for student-athletes, while assisting with team travel and summer camps.
Following the 2012 season, Thomas moved into the director of operations role for the Gamecocks 2013 sand volleyball team, and was the primary Under Armour and equipment liaison. During her time under head coach Moritz Moritz, Thomas oversaw the total operations of home games, while working closely with the compliance and business offices on a daily basis.
In addition to her college experience, Thomas served as the head coach for two of the top club volleyball programs in the state of South Carolina, the Club South Volleyball Club in Spartanburg, S.C. and the Magnum Volleyball Club in Columbia, S.C.
She graduated from USC Upstate in 2012 with a bachelor's in communications and a minor in sociology before earning her master's in sport and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina.
Thomas attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School and played for the Boomers Volleyball Club from 2005-2008.