Austin Thomas joined the Tiger football staff in April of 2013 and serves as LSU's Director of Player Personnel. Among Thomas' primary responsibilities include managing recruiting events as well as maintaining LSU's recruiting database and updating the recruiting board. In Thomas' first full season at LSU, he helped the Tigers capture the nation's No. 2-rated signing class, including the top overall player, in 2014.
Thomas, who received his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb in 2008 and followed that with a Master's degree in sport management from Tennessee, is also responsible for maintaining LesMiles.net as well as the “Miles Method” iPad app.
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, Tenn., and is married to the former Brittney Piper.