St. Anne-Pacelli hires new head baseball coach, assists baseball coach

COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School has hired a new head coach and assistant coach for the Vikings baseball team. According to school officials, Adam Thomas has been hired as the new head coach, while the school has hired Carson Bowers as an assistant coach. The school made the announcement on July 5, 2022.

“It is a blessing to have a Hall of Fame college coach to lead our Vikings Baseball program,” said Corry Black, St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School Athletic Director. “Coach Thomas is one of the best baseball coaches in the country. I am delighted to welcome him and Coach Bowers to our Viking family!”

Officials said the coaches met with team members at the school ahead of a press conference to introduce coaches, scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.

The news follows the resignation of former head coach Bobby Howard back in June.

The school released the following information about the new baseball coaches in a press release:

Over Head Vikings Baseball Coach Adam Thomas
Adam Thomas was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2019 and comes to St. Anne-Pacelli of Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC), where he has served as Athletic Director since 2003. Thomas began his career as a head baseball coach with CVCC in 2000 at the age of 23. He was the head coach of the CVCC Pirates for 19 years before retiring as a coach due to health issues which have since been resolved. During his tenure as head coach, Thomas amassed an impressive record of 728-358 (67%) while capturing four Region 22 Championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). Two of the championships led to a 3rd place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball World Series.

Thomas has helped countless players advance their careers at the four-year collegiate level and/or progress to professional baseball. More than 200 of its former Pirate players signed four-year college scholarships, while 26 were either drafted into the MLB draft or signed as free agents. Thomas coached and helped develop 16 NJCAA All-Americans, while mentoring 12 Alabama Community College Conference Players and/or Pitchers of the Year.

In 2012, Thomas was inducted into the CVCC Hall of Fame. He is a two-time Alabama Community College System Chancellor’s Award winner in the Administrator category.

After graduating from Smiths Station High School in 1993, Thomas moved on to the CVCC baseball team in the fall of 1993. During his sophomore semester, he earned a scholarship there while wearing a red shirt. The next two years, he was the starting catcher for the Pirates. He then earned a scholarship to the University of Montevallo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1998. He received a master’s degree in administration from Troy University with honors in 2004.

“I am delighted to be part of the Pacelli family. I’m following in the footsteps of a legend in Coach (Bobby) Howard. He has done a phenomenal job building the program and I look forward to continuing to improve on what he has built,” said coach Thomas. “I’m happy to be home again; I’m happy to be head coach again and I’m humbled to be able to do that in a Pacelli baseball uniform.”

About Assistant Vikings Baseball Coach Carson Bowers
Carson Bowers will also attend CVCC’s St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School, where he has been an assistant baseball coach since 2021. During his time at CVCC, he helped the Pirates earn the title of South Division ACCC Regular Season Champions. Prior to joining the Pirates, Bowers was a graduate assistant and part-time baseball coach at Columbus State University (CSU) from 2017-2021. While at CSU, Bowers coached under Greg Appleton and won the regional championship and finished second in the 2018 Division II World Series.

Bowers earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in exercise science, both from CSU.

“My dedication to helping young men become better baseball players and students to become better citizens in their communities is a daily task that I happily take on,” Bowers says.

In addition to serving as an Assistant Vikings Baseball Coach, Bowers will also teach gym class to middle and high school students in St. Anne-Pacelli.

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