Huntington, WV Black History

Michael Thomas, Jr.


Michael Thomas Jr. has contributed to Huntington by serving as a coach and mentor and volunteering in youth sports for several years.

Thomas graduated from Huntington High School in 1990 and graduated from Marshall University with a regents bachelor of arts degree. He currently works at St. Mary’s Medical Center and is involved in diversity initiatives at St. Mary’s.

He has coached football and basketball for more than 20 years, mentoring hundreds of children along the way. He volunteered as a coach at the YMCA Buddy Basketball League and referee for years.

Currently, Thomas serves as a coach for the Huntington Middle School football and basketball teams. The The overall grade point average of his student-athletes for both sports is 3.49 in the years he has taught at the school.

He also was one of the organizers of the first Black History Month basketball tournament at Huntington Middle to honor past and present Black community leaders.

Thomas is a member of the Cabell-Huntington branch of the NAACP; Fairfield Community Development Corporation; American Legion; and Moose Lodge. He is vice president and a member of the executive board at the Huntington YMCA. He will soon become the first Black president of the YMCA executive board. He also is a disabled veteran of the United States Air Force.

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