Darin Thomas Wins 400th Game
Brock Kappelmann - April 7, 2022 12:36 pm
Texas-Arlington head baseball coach Darin Thomas claimed his 400th career win on Wednesday evening as the UT Arlington baseball team defeated Tarleton in a wild 16-13 game at the Tarleton Baseball Complex. Thomas gave credit to the players and staff throughout the years on utamavs.com.
“We’ve had some really great players and great assistant coaches that have helped me get to where I am,” said Thomas. “I know it’s cliche, but I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.”
Thomas is a Tyrone native and played and coached for the Seward County Saints and the Liberal Bee Jays.
Thomas spent nine years as an assistant coach at Seward County Community College, where he assisted National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Fame Coach Galen McSpadden.
While at SCCC, Thomas helped lead the Saints to a 346-144 (.706) record while being ranked in the Top 20 nationally during seven seasons. Seward County captured four Jayhawk West Conference crowns, four runner-up finishes and one Sub-Region VI Tournament title.
During his time at Seward County, Thomas spent four summers as the head coach with the collegiate summer league Liberal Bee Jays of the Jayhawk League, where he worked with late UT Arlington coach Clay Gould for three summers. He led the Bee Jays to the 2000 NBC World Series championship.
Thomas began his collegiate playing career at Seward County where he earned All-Conference and All-Region VI honors as a right-handed pitcher in 1986. He helped lead his team to a Jayhawk West Conference title and to the program’s first-ever Sub-Region VI Tournament championship by going 11-1 with 10 complete games.
He then moved on to play at Oklahoma Christian University, where he was a three-time First Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection for the Eagles.