BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Kevin McGeehan has made the first hire on his men's basketball staff at Campbell University, adding a familiar face from the University of Richmond. Peter Thomas, who served the last five years as director of basketball operations at his alma mater, has been hired as assistant coach.
"Peter had a great impact on the success we had at Richmond as a player, coach and person," said McGeehan, who was announced as CU's new head coach on Apr. 11 after an eight-year stint on Chris Mooney's staff at UR. "I'm excited about having him join the Campbell basketball family and helping us build a winning culture."
At Campbell, Thomas will be involved in all phases of the basketball operation, including on-court coaching, recruiting, scouting, player skill development and academic mentoring.
"I am extremely excited to be at Campbell University and grateful for the opportunity to help lead the basketball program under the direction of Coach Kevin McGeehan," said Thomas.
During his playing and coaching career, Thomas was a member of three Richmond teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2010, 2011).
Among the highlights for the Richmond program during Thomas' time on staff was consecutive NCAA tournament berths, including a trip to the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16. The Spiders were ranked in the national top-25 polls in 2010 and set a school record with 29 victories one year later when they won the Atlantic-10 Conference championship.
Richmond's senior class in 2012 tied a school record with 91 victories over a four-year span. The 2013 team advanced to the CBI quarterfinals after matching a school standard with 15 home victories.
Over the past three seasons, Richmond posted nine victories over BCS conference teams, including five during 2010-11 and a victory over Wake Forest last December. In addition, Richmond won eight of its last 14 games against ranked opponents, most recently an 86-74 overtime triumph on Jan. 24 against No.-16 VCU.
Richmond won a school record 26 games in 2009-10, finished 13-3 in the Atlantic 10, reached the A-10 title game and received an at-large bid as a No.-7 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Spiders broke that school record for wins in 2010-11 finishing 29-8 and 13-3 in A-10 play, advancing to the title game for the second-straight year and coming away with its first A-10 Championship in 10 years in the league.
The Spiders defeated No. 25 ranked Vanderbilt and Morehead State to reach the 2011 Sweet 16. Richmond's recent success has also included a 40-15 record against Atlantic 10 teams in the last three years, tournament victories in the South Padre Island Invitational (wins over Missouri and Mississippi State), the Chicago Invitational Challenge, defeating No.-8 Purdue in the title game, and the Orange Bowl Classic, defeating No.-13 Florida.
Over the last five seasons, Thomas was responsible for the daily operations of the Spiders basketball office, including film breakdown, team travel and organizing the recruiting database. A 2007 Richmond graduate, Thomas served one year on the staff at Eastern Kentucky before returning to Richmond in 2008.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Thomas began his playing career at Richmond as a freshman walk-on. He earned a scholarship prior to his junior year and started all 60 games during his final two seasons. Twice named to the Atlantic-10 Academic All-Conference team, Thomas served as captain of the Spiders during the 2006-07 campaign. He led the team in charges drawn for three-straight years and shot 48 percent from the floor during his career.
After graduating from Richmond as a history major, Thomas earned his master's in sports management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009.
Thomas is engaged to be married to Jamie Cooney (Richmond '09) on May 18.
He joins a program that has called the 3095-seat Gore Arena inside the Pope Convocation Center home since November 2008. Over the last five years, the Camels have amassed a 48-24 (.667) record at the facility. Campbell returns nine of its top 10 scorers and rebounders from 2012-13, when the Camels finished 13-20 overall and third in the Big South Conference North Division (7-9). Among the returning players are all-conference point guard Trey Freeman and rising senior power forward Marvelle Harris.