Dave Serrano adds Oklahoma's Aric Thomas to Vols' staff

Aric Thomas

Aric Thomas

Former Oklahoma hitting coach Aric Thomas has joined Tennessee coach Dave Serrano’s staff as an assistant coach.

Serrano announced the move on Sunday night on Twitter, calling Thomas a “great recruiter, coach and even better person,” who has had “experience and success in his career.”

Thomas’ addition follows multiple reports of former UT assistant Bill Mosiello accepting a hitting coach position at Texas Christian. Mosiello, who was on coach Rod Delmonico’s staff for the Vols’ 1993 and 1994 SEC championships, spent the last two seasons at Tennessee.

UT associate director of media relations Cameron Harris confirmed Mosiello has accepted another coaching position and said UT will “announce the hiring of Aric Thomas later (Monday).”

After working at Oklahoma from 1996 to 2004, Thomas served as head coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College from 2004 to 2011. He was a two-time NJCAA Region II Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, winning region titles both seasons. Thomas posted a 237-159-1 overall record as head coach.

In 11 seasons at Oklahoma, including 2012 and 2013, Thomas helped the Sooners capture a national championship, two NCAA College World Series appearances and a Big 12 Conference Tournament title.

Last season the Sooners lost in the Super Regionals at LSU.

Thomas recruited pitcher Jonathan Gray, this year’s No. 3 overall pick to the Colorado Rockies in the Major League draft, to Eastern Oklahoma State out of high school and re-recruited him to Oklahoma when he joined the Sooners in 2011. Thomas has worked with multiple current MLB players including Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Marlins third baseman Greg Dobbs and Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett.

Thomas is a native of Riverside, Calif., less than an hour from both Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, where Serrano previously worked as head coach. Serrano worked as an assistant at Fullerton while Thomas played at UC Riverside in 1992 and Riverside Community College in 1993.

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RoadTrip writes:

This hire looks like a great fit. Welcome to Rocky Top Coach Thomas! Let's get those bats booming this next spring.

Ichabod writes:

Considering we batted about .205 WRISP, it aint gonna take much to improve. Likewise, if the RISP will quit giving themselves up, as we did DOZENS of times the last two seasons, this new coach will have more to work with....
Good luck Coach, and welcome.

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