Trinity Christian Academy Basketball is drawing near, and the Conquerors are preparing for the new season under the leadership of second-year head coach Mr. Marreo Thomas. Coach Thomas brings a wealth of experience and a very impressive personal and professional resume into the new season. Let us meet Coach Marreo Thomas.
Coach Thomas attended Jacksonville's Ed White High School before transferring to Trinity as a senior. Due to his mother’s disabilities, though, Coach Thomas became a home-school student while working to help with his family's finances. He eventually received his GED from then Florida Community College at Jacksonville. Afterward, Coach Thomas briefly attended Tennessee Christian College before returning to Jacksonville upon the news that he was about to have his first child.
Coach Thomas brings a most impressive resume to TCA. He spent last season as the head coach of the Conquerors' basketball program. For the two years prior, he coached at Jacksonville's Potters House Christian Academy, where he led the JV Lions to two championships. In 2018, he won the PAL 14U division -- one of his four consecutive 12U and 14U titles. In 2018, his 14U PAL team contained players he coached for five consecutive years, and in that time his team lost a total of only six games. In the winter of 2018, Coach Thomas led the 10U PAL development team to an 8-1 record.
In addition, Coach Thomas has coached the 12-year-old all-star team with kids from all over Jacksonville.
Basketball, though, is not his only sport. He has coached Pop Warner football for eight years. He started when his players were five years old, and he stayed with each of them for all eight years. In 2016, he and his team won the Pop Warner National Championship.
Coach Thomas is also the owner and trainer of a program called Motivated Training. He created this program to work with players on development of their fundamental and elite basketball skills. In addition, he takes pride in making sure that all participants are student athletes. Coach Thomas trains players within Duval, St. Johns, and Nassau Counties, conducting both individual and group sessions.
Coach Thomas offered a unique explanation of his arrival at Trinity. “I didn’t choose Trinity,” he said. "God placed me here. I just filled out the application and trusted that God would place me here. I have a great number of kids who attend Trinity that I started my coaching career with, and I thought it would be nice if I had the opportunity to watch them finish out high school.”
Coach Thomas wants to do much more at Trinity than just coach basketball; he wants to become part of the students’ lives. “I look forward to being involved with all the kids on campus because I can relate to them,“ he said. “I know that what I have been through in life can -- and will -- make an impact on the kids."
His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." He also lives by the creed, “It’s not how you start but how you finish.”
A family tragedy in 2018 made Coach Thomas understand the importance of turning his life over to Christ. “My brother passed away in April of 2018, and I decided to change my life and allow God to guide me,” he said. “My biggest change was that I stopped thinking about tomorrow, and I realized all I had been through right now was to make myself a better father and friend."
Coach Thomas claimed that realization when God placed him at TCA. “I am very thankful and blessed to be entering my second year with Trinity Christian Academy," he said.
Coach Thomas lives for his children. He has two sons, Tayshaum Thomas (age 18) and Jabari Brown (15), and one daughter, Zarion’a Thomas (10).
The Conquerors are pleased to have Coach Marreo Thomas leading the TCA Basketball Program. He is excited to bring the energy to TCA Basketball. He has labeled this upcoming season "The New Wave"!