Coach Thomas leaves T.C. Williams basketball program


In rather stunning news, T.C. Williams varsity boys basketball coach Ivan Thomas has stepped down and will relocate his family to the Williamsburg, Va., area primarily because of family responsibilities.

Thomas, who guided the Titans to the 07-08 AAA State Basketball Championship less than 100 days ago, will leave huge shoes to fill.

Prior to his stint with the Titans, Thomas guided the Edison Eagles to lofty heights in the National District.

Led by seniors Anthony Winbush and Travis Berry, T.C. finished 29-3 overall this past Championship season, in which the Titans won 10 consecutive post-season contests enroute to the elusive State Title. Only the 76-77 Titans, under the leadership of Mike Hynson, had previously won a State Title.

After defeating West Potomac in mid-February for the Patriot District Tournament Championship, the Red, White and Blue defeated Lake Braddock (50-37), W.T. Woodson (48-32), Herndon (69-49) and Langley (66-54) in that order for the Northern Region Title. They went on to defeat Kings Fork (59-39), Petersburg (63-46) and Bethel (70-57) for the State Title.

Junior guard Edward Jenkins was named Player of the Game in the Titans 13-point win versus the Bethel Bruins forn the AAA Gold Medal, played at the Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

The team will also be dealing with losing a number of players. Not only did Winbush and Berry graduate, but also Tomas Camara, Javonta Campbell, Ricky Colbert, Joshua Jordan and Earl Via.

The 08-09 Titans will be led by rising senior Edward Jenkins.