COLLEGE: - First Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).. Thomas was recognized as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year this season, adding to her two Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012. Thomas finished the conference regular season with league-bests in conference wins (13), conference strikeouts (117) and conference opposing batting average (.176). Thomas also added a First Team All-SEC nod to her two First Team All-Big 12 honors (2011, 2012). She was additionally recognized to the All-SEC Defensive Team. Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball’s Player of the Year award for the third time in her career this past season. Thomas was a Top Three Finalist for the honor in 2011.
PERSONAL: Chelsea Thomas is the daughter of Rich and Dana Thomas and was born Jan. 26, 1990, in Des Moines, Iowa. Thomas’ father played football at Central College. The eldest of two children, Thomas has a younger brother, Collin, and is majoring in biology with plans to work as a physical therapist following graduation.