Second Season at Duquesne
Carl Thomas, a former NBA player, Division I college assistant and junior college head coach, is in his second year on the Duquesne staff.
Thomas, who came to the Bluff after serving as head coach at Jackson (Mich.) College for four seasons, has also served as an assistant at Eastern Michigan and spent parts of three seasons on NBA rosters.
The twin brother of DU assistant coach Charles Thomas, Carl was an assistant at Owens (Ohio) Community College for two seasons prior to taking the head coach position at Jackson.
Thomas previously served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Michigan, from 2005-06 through 2010-11. Prior to that, he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2004-05.
Prior to coaching, Thomas played 63 games over parts of three seasons in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings (1991-92), Cleveland Cavaliers (1996-98), Golden State Warriors (1997-98) and Orlando Magic (1997-98).
Thomas also played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids from 1992-99. During his stint in the CBA, he was called up to the NBA five times. Thomas played professionally for teams in France, Sweden, Greece and Italy from 2000-03.
Thomas graduated from Lansing (Mich.) Everett High School, where he played basketball, football and baseball. He was named player of the year in the Capitol Conference as a senior in basketball, and he helped the baseball team reach the state semifinals in Class A.
Carl teamed with his twin, Charles, to help Eastern Michigan to Mid-American Conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances in 1987-88 & 1990-91. The ‘91 Hurons advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Current DU head coach Keith Dambrot was an assistant for the 1987-88 squad, which was Eastern Michigan’s first men’s basketball team to win a MAC title and earn an NCAA appearance.
Carl finished his career with 1,179 points, 452 rebounds, 185 3-point field goals and 249 assists. He was named second team All-MAC in 1991.
Thomas was inducted into the Lansing-area Athletic Hall of Fame in June 2005. He and his wife, Gina, have two sons, Austin and Brandon.