When Adam Thomas took the helm of Chattahoochee Valley Community College's baseball program 15 years ago, he was inheriting a program that was floundering quickly. The Pirates had enjoyed success in the 70's, 80's, and early 90's under head coach B.R. Johnson, but as the new millennium approached, things began to go south for the Pirates. They endured several losing seasons, including one in which they managed just 8 victories, and the once powerful program was struggling to survive. It was at that point that something miraculous happened: The powers that be at CVCC decided to hand the program over to a 23 year old kid who had virtually zero coaching experience and who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Thank goodness for them, that kid was Adam Thomas.
Adam had to learn how to do his job mostly through trial and error, and what he lacked in experience he made up for in desire, work ethic, and charisma. It wasn't long before Thomas was bringing in higher quality recruits, turning Howard Lake Field into one of the finest playing surfaces around, and working his way toward having a quality program that CVCC could be proud of. By 2003, the Pirates were starting to make some noise in the ACCC and the wins began to roll in.
Now in his 15th season as a head coach, Thomas has led his team to 11 consecutive playoff appearances, a pair of ACCC Division Titles, and over 120 of his players have gone on to play at 4 year institutions or in professional baseball. On Tuesday night, his Pirates secured the 500th victory of his career in decisive fashion. They took on Georgia Highlands on the road and handed the Chargers a 14-5 loss before giving Thomas a much deserved Gatorade bath.
I guess sometimes a shot in the dark really does hit the mark.