Swan Song: Retiring Pacific Coach Bob Thomason Truly is One of a Kind
Pacific's Bob Thomason, the only active NCAA Division I mentor who became his alma mater's all-time winningest coach after earning all-conference first-team acclaim as a player, will retire after the 2012-13 campaign. A total of 33 individuals are coaching their DI alma maters but Syracuse's Jim Boeheim and Sacred Heart's Dave Bike are the only ones other than Thomason to be the all-time winningest coach.
John Gianelli, one of Thomason's teammates, went on to play with four different NBA teams for eight seasons from 1972-73 through 1979-80. Thomason is one of the following 63 active coaches, including eight from Princeton and Penn, who were all-conference selections in a DI alliance: