Baseball Names Turtle Thomas Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator

June 30, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University Head Baseball Coach Pat Murphy has named Turtle Thomas as the team's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, the baseball program announced today. Thomas comes to Arizona State after serving in the same capacity for LSU for the previous seven seasons.

Thomas is no stranger to big-time college baseball, having coached for perennial powers Clemson, Georgia Tech and Miami in addition to LSU. He has been a part of two national championship teams and 13 College World Series teams over his 29-year collegiate coaching career.

'This is a big-time addition to our baseball program,' said Pat Murphy. 'Turtle Thomas has coached in some of the most tradition rich schools in the country, and that will continue here at Arizona State. He is a proven winner, and he has shown that he can recruit with the best of them.'

Thomas is considered one of the nation's finest college baseball recruiters, as Collegiate Baseball has ranked his previous 18 recruiting classes at Miami and LSU among the Top 10. Four times he has had the #1 ranked recruiting class, the only recruiter in the country to do so. He has also had the #2 recruiting class four times. He has signed Major League Baseball stars Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones to National Letters of Intent, and has recruited and coached big leaguers Charles Johnson, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff and Danny Graves among others. Over 60 of Thomas' recruits have gone on to play professional baseball.

Thomas joins Andy Stankiewicz as the new members of the Arizona State baseball coaching staff. Tim Esmay will be the Assistant Head Coach and Jeff Mousser will also remain on the staff as a Graduate Manager.

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