Thomas Selected to Teamworks Basketball Leadership Committee
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State men’s basketball director of operations David Thomas has been selected to participate in the Teamworks Basketball Leadership Committee, an invite-only summit that will take place in Durham, N.C. from July 15-17.
The committee is comprised of current Teamworks partners who are leaders across the NCAA Division I basketball landscape, representing 11 universities and seven conferences.
Slated to address a diverse range of topics, the agenda will focus on empowering athletes and creating a holistic approach to player management. From logistics and communication to creating an environment where player engagement and wellness - both physical and emotional - are at the forefront of the program, participants will also have an opportunity to see new Teamworks platform enhancements and provide direct feedback to Teamworks executives.
“Since the day we opened our doors, Teamworks has been dedicated to serving as much more than just a technology provider; we aim to be a true partner in our clients’ ongoing success,” said Zach Maurides, Teamworks co-founder and CEO. “Today, with over 2,000 Division I teams using our platform on a daily basis, we can take that partnership role to the next level. By sponsoring and facilitating this Basketball Leadership Committee, we’re able to bring together the best and brightest in collegiate sports. I can’t wait to participate in this incredible program.”
In addition to the day-long “live” event, participants will also collaborate throughout the year via virtual conferences and an invitation-only online community dedicated exclusively to this group. Members will serve a one-year term on the committee, and new participants will be selected annually.
Thomas, who was a member of the 2000 Spartan men’s basketball national championship team, will be starting his fourth season as director of basketball operations after spending the 2014-15 season with the MSU women’s team in a similar role.
A versatile 6-7 guard/forward, Thomas played four seasons for MSU (1996-98, 99-01), highlighted by the 2000 National Championship, four Big Ten championships and three Final Fours. In his Spartan career, Thomas averaged 3.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 114 career games, including 46 starts.
Thomas spent nine seasons playing professionally in Australia, for the Melbourne Tigers (2001-08) and the Cairns Taipans (2008-09). In addition, Thomas was a member of the Canadian National teams from 2000-08, including representing his home country at the 2002 World Championships. He graduated from MSU in 2001 with a degree in advertising.
The other 10 invitees are: Brandon Crone (Butler), Maryann Baker (Mississippi State), David Egelhoff (Ohio State), Arnika Edwards (Dayton), Nolan Smith (Duke), Christina Gilbert (UMKC), Adam Fletcher (Illinois), Steve Yang (Georgetown), Micah Byars (Iowa State), Katie Capps (Notre Dame).