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Thomson named model coach

Baseball coach is Sierra High’s third to earn honor

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Thomson named model coach

Sierra High head baseball coach Jack Thomson's already pristine image took to higher ground when he was named one of six Model Coach award winners by the Sac-Joaquin Section Monday.

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POSTED December 2, 2009 2:21 a.m.
Sierra High head baseball coach Jack Thomson became the school’s third representative to be recognized with the Sac-Joaquin Section Model Coach Award Tuesday.

Recently-retired volleyball program head Tevani Liotard was honored in 2005-06, while former  track and field and cross country head coach Lisa Shrock was recognized the following year.

Thomson was one of the six section coaches honored by a committee that also chose Thomson and Sonora High swimming coach LaDeane Hasten as the representatives for the California Interscholastic Federation’s model coach award going out to 20 coaches statewide.

“I think, like many awards, it is a honor for longevity,” Thomson said of the award. “I feel it’s an over-used phrase today, but I still try to do things the right way, and I think that’s what this award is about.”

The Timberwolves’ head skip is recognized throughout the area as one of the premiere baseball minds in the dugout. The Timberwolves have enjoyed a great deal of success over Thomson’s 13-year tenure, while players have used his knowledge to find success at the next level.

“One of the things Jack has always been tremendous at is teaching and coaching the fundamentals, and the other thing Jack does is instill a work-ethic in his players” Sierra athletic director Greg Leland said. “Kids that play baseball at Sierra High school they learn to play fundamental baseball and they learn work-ethic.
“I think if you work hard and you know the fundamentals you can continue to play at the next level.”

Thomson coached baseball at Manteca High from 1981 through the mid 90’s, but traded in school colors when he took over Sierra High in 1996. Thomson has history in both football and golf programs, but is a baseball lifer, inducted into the National Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.

“I’ve always enjoyed the game of baseball,” Thomson said. “I was able to spend a great deal of time with Bob Bennett who was the longtime head coach down at Fresno State. I told him just last year at the College World Series in Omaha what an impact he’s had on players from Manteca. He looked at me funny, but I told him I’ve learned so much from you and I’ve shared it with these players.

“I have always enjoyed being able to teach the game.”

The award, which honors coaches who are positive role models within their schools and the community at-large, includes a plaque and a lifetime Sac-Joaquin Section pass at an awards breakfast in April 2010 at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton.
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