Lauren Thomas was named DePauw head field hockey coach in April 2018 after previously serving as an assistant at Ohio Wesleyan for three seasons.
At OWU, Thomas worked in all facets of the program and also served as a committee advisor to the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Prior to her time at Ohio Wesleyan, Thomas was an assistant for the 2014 season at DePauw where she helped head coach Gina Wills and the Tigers to a 16-3 finish. During her time in Greencastle she also covered event and game management.
A 2014 Elmira graduate, Thomas was a four-year letterwinner for the varsity field hockey team, spending all four seasons as the starting goalie. She was a two-time Empire 8 All-Conference selection earning second team honors in 2012 and honorable mention accolades in 2013. Additionally, she ranks second in career minutes played with 3511 and saves with 652, and is third with a career save percentage of .780.
Away from the field Thomas was the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and a student-athlete representative at the 2013 NCAA Leadership Forum. In addition, she served as a representative for the Empire 8 Athletic Conference Leadership Summit and acted as the class of 2014 fundraising committee chair.
Thomas has volunteered at the Chemung County food pantry and advocacy resource center where she worked with other volunteers in the community to deliver food to families in need and help them achieve personal goals. Additionally, she worked as a skills instructor at the Elmira softball clinic for two years.
Thomas earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Elmira in 2014 and a Master of Science in recreation and sport management from Indiana State University in 2016.