UIC hires Deon Thomas as assistant coach

Published 04/29 2014 06:08PM

Updated 04/30 2014 05:49PM

CHICAGO - Former Illinois basketball star Deon Thomas is getting into the Division-I coaching ranks.  Illinois' all-time leading scorer was hired Tuesday as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago. 

"I can't begin to express how excited I am for this opportunity and how much I respect Coach Moore," said Thomas in a statement.  "I want to help put UIC basketball back on the map and win championships.  I grew up near UIC and would walk past the university almost every day, so this is like a homecoming for me."

Thomas has spent the last five years as head coach and athletic director at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.  Thomas played at Illinois from 1991-1994.  This is his first Division-I job.

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