John Thomas (lacrosse)

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John Thomas
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1952-04-28) April 28, 1952 (age 65)
Towson, Maryland, U.S.
Position Attack
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 pounds (77 kg)
NCAA team Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Nationality United States
Shoots Left
Career highlights
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 1989

John "Jack" Thomas was an All-American lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins University from 1972 to 1974.

Lacrosse career[edit]

Thomas was a prep star at Towson High School, where he played for his father, William Thomas Sr., considered the dean of Maryland high school coaches. With the Blue Jays, Thomas led the team to a national title in 1974. He is ranked fourth all-time in Hopkin's career scoring with 224 points. Thomas earned first-team All America honors all three years while in college, as well as being named the Jack Turnbull Award winner in 1973 and 1974. Thomas also led Hopkins to championship finals in 1972 and 1973, getting upset by Virginia 13-12 and losing in double overtime 10-9 to Maryland. During his career at Hopkins, Thomas led the team to an overall 34 and 6 record.[1]

Thomas was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989, and is considered one of the top lacrosse players of all time, having been named to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Silver Anniversary team.[2] He is seventh all-time in NCAA career points-per-game, and fourth all-time in career points at Hopkins.[3] Thomas also played quarterback on the Johns Hopkins' football team, ranking 10th in total yardage in NCAA Division III in 1974.

Thomas played for USA in the 1974 Lacrosse World Championships hosted in Melbourne, Australia. He was named the Best and Fairest player of the World Championships.


After teaching World History and having coaching tenures of Boys Varsity lacrosse and both the Boys and Girls Soccer teams at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, Thomas is currently teaching World History at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. After the 2014-2015 school year, Thomas retired from teaching.


Johns Hopkins University[edit]

Season GP G A Pts PPG
1972 13 34 41 75 5.77
1973 13 27 45 72 5.54
1974 14 42 35 77 5.5
Totals 40 103 121 224 5.60 [a]
[a] 9th in NCAA career points-per-game[3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NCAA News Archive: JHU - From Bridesmaid to Bride" (PDF). NCAA News Archive. August 1, 1974. 
  2. ^ Syracuse Herald Journal. NCAA names the best lacrosse players in 25 years of Division I play. April 20, 1995. pg. D1
  3. ^ a b "Johns Hopkins 2009 Men's Lacrosse Guide". Johns Hopkins Sports Information Office. 

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Preceded by
John Kaestner
Jack Turnbull Award
1973, 1974
Succeeded by
Eamon McEneaney