The well-dressed young man walks into the Campus Recreation Office, located in the Hurlburt Student Center, at approximately 9 a.m. with a friendly smile on his face.
“Good morning!” he says to all of his colleagues and fellow student employees. After conversing with his coworkers for a few minutes, he retreats into his office, sits down at his desk, and logs onto his computer in order to begin his busy day.
The individual that I am referring to is Jermaine Thomas, the Intramural Sports and Recreation Coordinator here at RU. He has held this position for nearly two years and says he loves everything about it.
“Both the people and students that I work with here are wonderful. I haven’t had any bad experiences yet,” said Thomas. Thomas has definitely found a second home and a second family here within the RU community.
Thomas, now in his early 30s, is very enthusiastic about his job. He is willing to answer any questions regarding recreational matters to the best of his ability. Being that he holds the office he does, Thomas has an abundance of duties that he must carry out. He first hires then trains his intramural sports officials and scorekeepers as well as helps to promote all intramural sports and organized student activities that are held here on campus.
In addition to these tasks, Thomas also does quite a bit of research on each sport individually in order to enhance the overall experience for everyone that participates in an intramural activity. He wants each and every student to come away knowing that they had the best experience possible.
Thomas was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. He attended Cape Fear High School where he played football, ran track and was a part of the Colts Wrestling Team. After graduation, Thomas began his college career at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). During his time at UNCP, Thomas pledged Alpha Phi Alpha and wrestled for the Braves.
Thomas also participated in the Leadership Service Opportunities Program (LSOP) and served as the SGA Treasurer during his senior year. He graduated from UNCP with a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation. A few years later, Thomas received his master’s degree, also from UNCP, in physical education: sports administration.
Prior to joining the staff here at RU, Thomas worked a little more than four years as the Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of New Bern, NC. During that time, he also volunteered as a coach for football, wrestling and track. In April of 2012, Thomas was hired to his current position here on RU’s campus.
When he’s not buried in paperwork, you may see him walking around campus or even working out in one of the fitness centers. Thomas enjoys lifting weights and even dabbles in CrossFit every now and then. Although he’s relatively new here, Thomas is well known all throughout campus. Several faculty members and students simply wave to him as he walks by, while others stop him to hold small conversations. With his charming, polite demeanor, it’s not hard to see why he has been able to accumulate so many friends in such a short period of time.
Aside from his job, Thomas loves to spend quality time with his family, mainly his wife and young son.
When asked about his goals for the future, Thomas responded by saying, “I want to get better at my job, increase student participation in intramural sports, and become a better father to my son and a better husband to my wife.”