Austin Thomas joined the Tiger football staff in April of 2013 and is entering his fifth season on staff. Thomas was promoted to General Manager following Ed Orgeron being named the Tigers’ permanent head coach in November of 2016.
The first General Manager in the history of the Southeastern Conference and one of two in the nation, Thomas leads the way in the oversight and management of the entire LSU Football program. One of the top personnel managers in all of college football, Thomas works closely with NFL personnel to maximize the opportunity for LSU student-athletes as the next level.
In Thomas' first two seasons at LSU, he helped the Tigers claim back-to-back Top 5 signing classes in 2014 and 2015, which included signing the nation's top overall player in 2014. He was named the Personnel Director of the Year in 2015 and a finalist for the award in 2014.
Thomas earned his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb in 2008 and followed that with a master's degree in sport management from Tennessee.
Thomas joined LSU after a brief stint at Bowling Green, where he served as the Falcons' director of recruiting and player personnel.
Thomas got his start in college athletics in the fall of 2008 when he served as a recruiting intern at Tennessee. He then served as a defensive assistant for a year under Monte Kiffin at Tennessee from June 2009 to May 2010.
Thomas joined the Southern Cal staff in June of 2010, first serving as a defensive and recruiting assistant for a year before moving into operations in April of 2011. He was promoted to assistant director of operations/recruiting in April of 2012, a post he held until March of 2013.
Thomas is a native of Franklin, Tennessee, and is married to the former Brittney Piper. The couple has a son, Paul Austin Thomas III, who was born in June 2015.