Aki Thomas returns for his fourth season on the bench for the Retrievers and will reprise his role as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. He had previously served as an assistant coach at Howard University from 2004-07.
Thomas played professionally in Venezuela before accepting the position at Howard under then-head coach Frankie Allen. Prior to that, Thomas was a standout for the Bison in 2000-01, when he helped lead the team to an 18-13 mark and the finals of the MEAC Tournament. Thomas averaged almost 12 points and eight rebounds per game en route to being named to the All-MEAC second team.
Before coming to Howard, Thomas played for three seasons at the University of Colorado. His tenure with the Buffaloes was highlighted by a selection to the All-Tournament Team of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout. He was a member of a pair of CU teams which earned berths to the NIT and he was selected to the Commissionerís Big 12 All-Academic Team.
Thomas was a two-time league rebounding champion in the Venezuelan LPB League (2003-04) and earned the same title during a stint in the Columbian Federation Cup League (2004). The New York, N.Y., native played his prep ball at Manhattan Center, where he was selected All-City his junior and senior seasons. He was also named Manhattan PSAL Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America during his senior campaign.
Thomas received his degree in sociology from Howard in 2002. He married the former Gayna Lacy in 2009. The couple resides in Greenbelt, Md.