Saniuk Adds Tyson Thomas to Coaching Staff
OMAHA, Neb. - Tyson Thomas has joined the UNO men's and women's tennis programs as an assistant coach for the 2014 season.
A Columbus, Neb., native, Thomas has an extensive collegiate playing background at the University of Nebraska Kearney and has spent the past eight years traveling around the world teaching the game of tennis to the global youth.
"I am very excited and fortunate for this opportunity to join the UNO tennis programs," Thomas said. "I've been all over the world and worked in a wide variety of cultures, but it is nice to return home and be able to coach collegiately at a rising Division I program."
While playing collegiate tennis at the University of Nebraska Kearney, Thomas gained both singles and doubles all-conference honors in his junior and senior seasons. Thomas was a member of UNK’s first conference championship team and helped the Lopers earn their first ever berth in the NCAA Sweet 16.
After graduating from UNK in 2005, Thomas coached at the Stanford Nike Summer Camp. He then began working for Peter Burwash International Tennis Management Company, where he earned the coveted “Rookie of the Year” award. While a member of PBI, Thomas coached at and managed programs in Palm Springs and Carmel, Calif.; St. John, USVI; Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China; Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE. In 2008 Thomas coached a student to win the Girls U18 Abu Dhabi ITF Junior Championship.
As a member of the Peace Corps, Thomas then moved to Mali, West Africa from 2009 to 2011, where he co-directed the creation of the Malian National Junior Tennis Center. While there he trained Mali’s top male and female junior athletes and accompanied them to International tournaments in Accra, Ghana and in Dakar and Winneba, Senegal. In his second year Thomas coached Malian Seydou Diallo to win the boys U18 category at the ITF West African Junior Championships.