- 1st year at Dodge City Community College
- Hometown: San Pedro, CA
- High School: Bishop Montgomery High School
- Colleges: Cerritos Community College/West Texas A&M University
Gary Thomas will begin his first year as the head football coach of Dodge City Community College. Before arriving to Dodge City, Coach Thomas was previously the offensive coordinator for seven years and head coach for the past two years at College of DuPage in Illinois. Last year Coach Thomas led his team to a 9-2 record including a bowl win. His team finished #8 in the final polls. Not only is that an accomplishment in itself, but a major feat for his team considering none of his players had scholarships, making his team the highest ranked non-scholarship school in the nation.
In his seven years at DuPage Coach Thomas's offense managed to break or tie more than 25 offensive school records. In his first year as the head football coach, DuPage finished with a 7-3 record which concluded the best regular season at College of DuPage since 2000. Under Coach Thomas' tutelage, his previous teams have also excelled in the classroom. The GPA of his football teams steadily rose during his two years as head coach, culminating in the 2012 spring semester with the highest team GPA in more than 10 years. As a head coach, coach Thomas has sent more than 150 football student-athletes on to participate at four-year colleges or universities, and those individuals have received around $2 million in scholarship money. Coach Thomas brings with him 13 years of coaching experience with stops at West Texas A&M, Adams State College, College of the Desert, and Western State College.
Coach Thomas graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, CA, and went on to earn his associate degree from Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, CA, and his bachelor's degree from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He was a four-year starter at quarterback in college and finished his career in the top five of every passing category at West Texas while being named All-Lone Star Conference twice, Offensive MVP twice, NCAA division II All Region once, and was voted on to the West Texas A&M University All-Decade Team for the 1990's.