Darin Thomas has got a good thing going at the University of Texas at Arlington. So good that the university just recently gave him a contract extension that should keep him there at least long enough to see his incoming freshmen graduate. He’s done all this while competing in the tough the Sun Belt Conference. And if that’s not tough enough, Coach Thomas then heads into midweek contests that are a steady diet of big time Texas baseball powerhouses. Oh well, that comes with the territory.
In this episode, Coach Thomas tells us all about UTA and the city of Arlington (including a brief discussion of Rudy’s) and talks about growing up in Oklahoma, playing JUCO ball in Kansas, finishing his playing days at Oklahoma Christian, how he came to land at UT Arlington, the impact of debt on young coaches, what he didn’t know about coaching before entering the profession, lessons learned from Jerry Weinstein, current educational resources, the most difficult aspect of college coaching, putting losing into perspective, facilities, scheduling, and staff.
Photo credit: University of Texas at Arlington Athletics
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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