Paying Tribute to Coach T

Coach Bob Thomason’s final regular-season game at Pacific was part game, part reunion, as scores of his former classmates at Clayton Valley High in Concord, former teammates from his days at Pacific, and former players in his 25 years of coaching paid their respects at Spanos Center. All were in a gleeful mood following the Tigers’ 71-51 victory over Long Beach State.

Don Lyttle, a center on Thomason’s first team at Pacific in 1988-89, who is 43 and lives in Roseville and works for a technology company: “I don’t think the cupboard was bare (when Thomason took the Pacific job in 1988-89), but I think he wanted it to be bare because I thought he definitely wanted to start with a clean slate. I think he looked at some of the talent he had and put his elbows on the table and said, ‘Let’s make the best of this.’ I’m actually very proud to be a part of that.”

Dell Demps, Pacific guard from 1988-92 and the current general manager of the New Orleans Hornets: “Pacific fans, students, alumni, I don’t know if they know how lucky they’ve been to have a coach like this. In over 25 years, Pacific just didn’t play one way, they played a bunch of different ways. It seems like Coach Thomason is always in front of the curve. And even from his passing game to a pick-and-roll team to a post team to a 3-point shooting team, it’s just been so fun to watch.”

This entry was posted in College sports, Pacific. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form.
  • Blog Author

    Bob Highfill

    Bob Highfill has been with The Record sports department since 1990. He started as a part-time reporter/agate clerk then covered the high school sports beat before taking on the Pacific athletics beat. In 2006, he was named sports editor. Bob was ... Read Full

    Scott Linesburgh

    Linesburgh has been a member of The Record's sports department since 1988. A native of Wantagh, N.Y., he covers the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, and has spent more than a quarter century reporting various other sports on the high ... Read Full

    Thomas Lawrence

    Lawrence became a prep and general assignment sports reporter for The Record in August 2014. He has covered high school, college and professional sports and more in his career. From November of 2011 through summer 2014, he covered college and prep ... Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives

  • RSS Related Content