Drew Thomas is in his second year as the Associate Athletic Director for Development at USC Upstate. He will be responsible for a comprehensive annual, planned and major giving program that provides support for more than 200 student-athletes and the athletic facilities.
A Chicago, Ill. native, Thomas played on the football team at UTEP, where he was awarded a full athletic scholarship. He became captain of the secondary and started every game at defensive back for three years straight for the Miners. During that time period, he received four academic awards and two awards from the gridiron. In 2012, Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and was awarded the Bob Stull Athletic Director Award for outstanding character and athletic success, becoming the only athlete in UTEP history to receive the award twice.
In 2013 he signed a contract to play defensive back for the St. Louis Rams and played for six months before a series of injuries led to his release. In 2014, he played for the Kiel Hurricanes in Kiel, Germany, and led the team to the European Football League Bowl title.
Thomas returned to UTEP in 2015 to serve as the graduate assistant of football operations/development where he marketed, coordinated and hosted fundraising events/camps for the football team. He was promoted to assistant director of athletic development and served as a member of the athletic development team that raised more than $6 million dollars in 2016.
In 2017, Thomas was named a recipient of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Diversity Initiative Program and earned a Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies from UTEP.