Permian High School
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Permian Head Basketball Coach Tim Thomas has 32 years of Experience: 20-H.S. Head Coach; 10 as a college assistant; 2 as an Administrator. He received his undergraduate degree at Wayland Baptist University and earned a Masters’ in Education at Texas Tech University. As a collegiate athlete, Thomas was a four year all-conference player; earn All-American honors; and led his team to a National Championship Runner-up finish. His coaching career includes 8 years as a Division 1 college basketball assistant coach at The University of Central Florida and Associate Head Coach at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Thomas has won over 400 games as a high school head basketball coach with a 72% winning percentage.
Currently, Thomas is in his fourth year as Head coach at Permian High School. He has led the Panthers to a District Championship and 3 straight playoff appearances. During the 2017-18 season, Thomas led the Panther to the UIL State Playoffs Regional Semi-finals for the first time in 25 years, an undefeated District Championship, and the best record and most wins (31-4) in school history.
In 1997, Thomas fulfilled his original goal and became a high school basketball coach at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas leading them to the first ever #1 state ranking in Amarillo history.
In 2000, Thomas became the head coach at Lubbock Estacado High School. In his first year, his team won 25 games, a district championship, and advanced to the playoffs and regional quarter-finals. In his six years at the helm, Thomas led Estacado to a total of 5 District Championships; 4 Regional Tournament Appearances; and a State Tournament appearance; winning 161 games, including three 30 win seasons.
In 2003, Thomas was inducted into the Wayland Baptist University Athletic Hall of Honor.
In 2006-2008, Thomas stepped away from coaching and attended Texas Tech University where he earned a Masters Degree in Education and Educational Leadership and became certified and worked as an administrator.
In 2008, Thomas returned to his passion by accepting the position as head boys’ basketball coach at Temple High School and led the team to its’ best record, 29-7, and playoff finish in 17 years, advancing to the Regional Championship game. Thomas was voted 2010 Texas Class 6A Coach of the Year.
In April of 2010, Thomas accepted the Head Boys’ Basketball Coaching position, at Cedar Hill High School. Thomas concluded his career at Cedar Hill with 97 wins and 4 straight State playoff appearances including a regional championship final appearance.
Coach Thomas, in his first and only year, at Hightower High School, and led the team to their first winning record and state playoff appearance in 2 years.
In his 20 years as a high school basketball coach, Coach Thomas has coached, developed, and helped over 50 high school student-athletes attend colleges at the NCAA Division 1, 2, 3; NAIA, and Junior College levels.
Has been at the forefront of organized grassroots basketball programs in Austin, Texas for over 20yrs. He’s is one of the founders of one of the original and most successful AAU programs in Austin, TX, ATX Basketball.
As a Coach and Athletic Director for ATX Basketball he developed teams that have competed is some numbers high level spring /summer showcase tournaments across the country. He has mentored and coached a large number of D1 and even professional level athletics.
Coach McKnight hails from Queen, NY where he learned to love the game and play at high level at numerous famed New York City tournaments and showcases. After playing and graduating from Andrew Jackson HS and doing a brief stint at Hunter College he joined the United States Air Force where he continued to play in Germany and Belgium.
Over the years Coach McKnight has facilitated numerous camps and clinics at the University of Texas, Baylor University and Texas A&M University. Coach McKnight’s program philosophy is significantly different from others due to his dedication to being a “Teacher-Coach”. He prefers to use the term “clinic” over “camp” because of dedication and commitment to teachstudents-athletes. The secret to delivering the training is through smart repetitions or what he like to call the “SMART” training concept which is spelled out in an acronym below:
– Smart circuit drills
– Maximized timed sessions
– Aggressive Attitude
– Reinforced fundamentals
– Teaching Techniques
He has also worked with Texas Top 100 combine, Great American Shootout and The South Region Amateur Athletic Union and CMD Sports Group Consulting to plan organize and facilitate individual and team basketball events in the city of Austin, TX. He’s currently the Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Basketball Program Director and Assistant Athletic Director at Regents School of Austin in Southwest Austin.
Former player at Texas State university. During his time at Texas state Thomas received the Defensive player award for his outstanding defense work.
Thomas then went on to play professional overseas. Thomas played in Switzerland, Japan, Finland, India.
Attended Huston Tillotson College . Pitts was an all American, leading the nation in scoring. With over 30 points a game his last two years in college. After college he had workouts with the San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, and the Phoenix Suns. He then went on to play professional overseas in Europe and Asia for 15 years.
Attended College at Hardin Simmons University. Addison was ranked #1 point guard in the nation (D3), 1st in nation in steals (4.0) , 3rd in nation in scoring (28.6). Matt was MVP in the USA tour. Playing in Puerto rico, Colombia, and Poland. Gaining preseason MVP and Champ. Addison went on to play in Mexico. Where he Led the league in scoring (32.4) in 2015 (MVP and Champ) and 2016 (MVP and Champ).
Adrian is well-known in the Austin basketball community for his passion for the development of the city’s youth as well as the growth of the game in the city as a whole. A home-grown, local talent, he was a standout player at Del Valle High School. In college, he was honored as the #1 point guard in the NJCAA in 2010 and is the all-time assist leader at Kishwaukee College in Illinois. Adrian finished his college career at Missouri Western State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Recreation Sports Management. After college, Adrian played professional basketball in Sweden, Turkey, and Spain, where he later discovered his passion for training youth basketball players. He has worked with youth basketball programs in many states, and internationally in Turkey, Spain, Bulgaria, Kosovo, and Germany. Adrian’s high energy level, his ability to inspire others through his training, and his commitment to making a difference make him a vital asset to the Austin basketball community.