Ronnie Thomas '14 started his college coaching career in August 2015 when he joined the Quakers' staff as an assistant coach. He played collegiately at Guilford's Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Bridgewater College where he was a three-year captain for the Eagles. An Academic All-ODAC honoree, he graduated as one of the school's career assists leader and earned a liberal studies degree with an emphasis on elementary education.
After graduation, Thomas played in Ireland's Wingfoot Premier League for the Ulster Elks. While playing abroad, Thomas started postgraduate studies in sports management from the University of Ulster. He also got involved with the Sport Changes Life organization, which teaches life skills and fostered positive relations beween the city's Catholic and Protestant communities. Thomas also coached with the Basketball Northern Ireland Academy and Ireland's under-16 Girls' National Team.
Thomas grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. He was an all-district and honorable mention all-region player on the basketball team.