Carrie Thomas is entering her second year as the head women’s volleyball coach at FIT.
Originally from northern Minnesota, Thomas was the Head Women’s Volleyball coach at Mesabi Range College in Virginia, MN for 6 years. During her tenure at MRC, her teams placed well in a very strong conference as well as Regions. Thomas' teams always performed well academically and earned Regional and National awards. She also coached softball at various levels while in Minnesota over the course of 15 years.
During the offseason, Thomas coached various Junior Olympic teams ranging from 18U to 12U, always placing within the top three at all tournaments. Thomas coached two All-Americans and numerous student-athletes that were named to All-Conference and All-Region teams.
Prior to Mesabi Range, Thomas coached at Tower-Soudan High School. After a challenging first season, she was able to turn the team around to .500 the next season, before ending her next season at 24-3 and knocking off the 6-time defending champions of their region. After that, her program never looked back and continued their successful play each season under Thomas.
As a coach, Carrie looks for many things in a player. "To be a star you don’t always have to have the most kills, assists, or be able to jump the highest", says Thomas. "To be the best you must possess drive, determination and desire. These are the things that are going to make you successful; not only on the court but in the classroom as well. Give it your all, and always strive for excellence".
Student Assistant Coach
Lauren Curley is a junior from Toms River, NJ and studying Fashion Merchandising Management. As a freshman setter for the Tigers, she paced the offense to a Regional Championship, earning a bid to the NJCAA DIII National Volleyball Tournament. During the regional championship, she was named the MVP of the Region 15 Tournament. During her sophomore season, Lauren was named a tri-captain. She earned First Team All Region 15 honors and was named to the Region 15 All-Sportsmanship Team and Region 15 All Tournament team. Lauren accumulated nationally ranked honors during her career at FIT for aces/set both seasons and assists/set her sophomore year.
Student Assistant Coach
Sarah Weise is from Howell, NJ and is a junior at FIT. She has an Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising Management, and she is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree. During her freshman year, she and the Tigers earned a bid to the NJCAA DIII National Volleyball Tournament in Minnesota. Sarah was named a tri-captain her sophomore season and starting middle blocker. In her spare time she enjoys running in Central Park.