Kiha Thomas Named New USC Soccer Assistant Coach

June 16, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer program will have a new face on the sidelines for the 2006 season with the addition of Kiha Thomas as assistant coach, head coach Jim Millinder has announced. Thomas comes to USC from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, having served there as an assistant coach for three seasons and was the interim head coach starting in November 2005. She replaces former USC assistant coach Isabelle Harvey, who has taken a head coaching position at Cal Poly Pomona.

'Kiha has a lot of experience in the areas that we're looking to fill,' Millinder said of Thomas. 'I think she'll be a perfect fit for our program and what we want to accomplish.'

Thomas hails from Aurora, Colo., and played her collegiate soccer career at Northern Colorado. A 2003 UNC graduate, Thomas was a standout forward who holds the UNC all-time assists record (33) and stands No. 2 in career goals (47) and points (127). In 2002, she was named Verizon Academic All-District VII and to the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-Region First Team. She also was named to the NSCAA All-Central Region Team and All-North Central Conference Team in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

After closing down her successful playing career at UNC, she was a captain for the Fort Collins Force in 2002 and served as an assistant coach in 2003. She also was a head coach for the Youth All-Star program. From there, she joined the St. Edward's staff for three seasons, where the Hilltoppers posted a 32-23-4 record while Thomas was on the staff from 2003-05. St. Edward's also won its first-ever Heartland Conference title in 2004.

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