KUALA LUMPUR – Christopher M. Thomas has been officially named as the new head coach for the Westports Malaysia Dragons (WMD). Praised for his drive and knowledge, Thomas is renowned for his unique approach to the game and players.

Thomas’ coaching career started back in 2000 where he was only an undergraduate at the University of Dayton. For three years, he was an assistant coach for the Dayton Flyers. Eventually, Thomas went on to work with several other college basketball teams, namely University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown (2003-2005), Miami Redhawks (2005-2007) and the Lake Superior State University (2010-2011). After finishing his term with the Redhawks in 2007, he was hired as an NBA scout for several teams such as the Chicago Bulls (2007-2009), doubled as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors (2012-2014) and Utah Jazz (2014-2015).

In 2013, Coach Thomas worked with the Slovenian Senior Men’s National Team for two seasons as their assistant coach. There, he trained the team extensively on skill development and implemented game plans for every opponent for both Major International Tournaments. Then in September 2015, he was appointed as head coach for the Orangeville A’s of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL) followed by China’s NBL team Luoyang.

“My goal this season is to have my team ready to play every night, to compete in every possession, and to play with passion every time we take the floor. I want a team of players who are hungry to succeed, who will play with and for each other.” said Coach Thomas when asked about his goals for his new team. “As defending champions, we must understand that we have a huge target on our backs, however, I have always been someone who loves challenges and I am ready to put in the work it takes to be champions again.”

The Assistant General Manager of WMD, Mr. Shoghi Gan said in welcoming of their new head coach, ” We are very excited to bring in Coach Thomas as our new head coach. Being very experienced in different coaching roles, I’m sure he will further develop our players and staff, be it on or off court, into professionals. He will definitely be an inspiration to the basketball community in Malaysia and we expect our team to grow to new heights with the guidance of Coach Thomas.”

Accepting his new coaching path, Coach Thomas has to leave his country and move to Malaysia, land rich with culture and diversity. In regards to moving here, Coach Thomas said, “I am really looking forward to calling one of the most beautiful places on earth home. Kuala Lumpur has always been on the top of my list of places to visit, so the opportunity to coach and live here is a dream come true.”

Coach Thomas will also be working on as an advisor to the national team as part of the Westports Malaysia Dragons-Malaysia Basketball Association partnership. Yakub Hussaini, General Manager of the Dragons said, “we hope to create a strong coaching staff with Thomas and Coach Goh Cheng Huat working together for the national team for the SEA Games 2017 and in the process, to develop our current and new players.”

Thomas is expected to arrive and begin his role on the 19th September 2016.

 

西港马来西亚猛龙新帅上任

–彭兆祥译

(吉隆坡讯)

以过人篮球战术和善于用兵称著的美国人克里斯托馬斯(Christopher M. Thomas),正式出任西港马来西亚猛龙新任教练一职。

2000年年仅20岁,还是一名戴顿大学学生时,托马斯便开始当助理教练,担任戴顿传单队助教3年,接着在数家大学院校任教,包括匹兹堡大学(2003-2005)、迈阿密红鹰(2005-2007)和苏必利尔湖州立大学 (2010-2011)。

2007年在红鹰队合约期满后,他受到数支NBA球队垂青,受聘为球探,包括芝加哥公牛 (2007-2009)、金州勇士(2012-2014)和犹他爵士(2014-2015)。

2013年起,他担任斯洛文尼亚国家男篮队助教两年。在那里,他参与球员的技术发展训练,以及在赛前做好对手分析和负责制定战术。2015年,他成为加拿大全国联赛奥兰治维尔队主帅。

谈及效力猛龙队的目标时,他说:“本季目标是要球队充分准备好应付每一仗,全力争夺每一球,球员一下场就要倾力以赴。我要所有球员都团结一致,渴望胜利。”

“作为ABL卫冕队,我们必须明白,背上担子千斤重。虽然任务沉重,但我向来喜爱欢接受挑战,已准备好作出一切努力,助猛龙再次夺冠。”

迎接新帅到来的猛龙副总经理颜书基说:“能引进新帅托马斯,我们感到无比兴奋。曾担任多个不同教练职位的他,我深信他能协助球员和职员,在场内和场外的能力提升至专业水平。”

“他肯定会成为马来西亚篮球圈子的激励因素。在他领导下,我们期望球队成长至另一层次。”

对于马来西亚的印象,托马斯说:“马来西亚是世上最美丽的国家之一,我已准备好把这里当家。吉隆坡一直都是我最想到访的城市,有机会生活在这里,等于梦想成真。”