Coach of the Year 2013: Thomas keeps Eagles focused on field

ROGER THOMAS

ROGER THOMAS

BY SHANE HENNIGAN
Times Shamrock Writer

Despite all of the success the program was having, Roger Thomas knew how to keep his team hungry for more.

Despite having the pressure of being defending state champions and getting everybody’s best shot, he knew how to lighten the mood.

Through it all, he made sure his team was successful both on and off the field.

For the influence he had on his players and leading Mountain View to its second consecutive PIAA Class A final, Thomas is The Times-Tribune AllRegion Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

“Playing under him was fun,” senior Zeb Cross said. “He was always in good spirits and always coming up with new ways to keep us interested in practice.

“He’s somebody that really cares about his players both on and off the field and making sure they’re doing well.”

Last season, the Eagles capped off an 18-0 season with a 1-0 victory over Sewickley Academy in the state championship game. Mountain View came back this season and won its fourth consecutive District 2 Class A championship and made a return trip to Hershey, where it fell in a rematch to Sewickley Academy, 4-2.

But Thomas got the most out of his players and taught them valuable lessons they will carry with them as the years go on.

“He’s always making sure we’re working hard — not just on the field but in other aspect of our lives,” Cross said. “We always told each other that we’re a family, and he did a good job of making sure we kept it that way.”