"When I depart Western at the end of this month, I will leave with confidence that the women's lacrosse program will be headed by one of the most energetic coaches I have seen during my 29 years at the helm," said Farrington, who will end his tenure at Western on January 31.  "Jenn Thomas has a very bright future ahead of her as a head coach and Western is extremely fortunate that she is starting her collegiate career here in Danbury."

Thomas, a native of Waterford, Conn. was and Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. and  had the honor to coach a First-Team All-American, a First-Team All-Star student-athlete, four IWLCA Region players, a pair of North/South Senior All-Stars, seven All-Conference (PSAC) stars and 10 IWLCA All-Academic Honor Roll Players.  During her tenure, Mercyhurst was named Top Team GPA in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for three consecutive years, IWLCA Academic Honor Squad, and received the 2015 Academic Merit Squad Award for the top GPA in the country within NCAA Division II.

Prior to her appointment at Mercyhurst, Thomas was an assistant coach at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.  While with the Lyons, she mentored three All-NEWMAC players, two IWLCA All-Region players and two ECAC First-Team All Stars.  MHC received IWLCA Academic Honors and appeared in the NEWMAC Tournament during her tenure.

"I feel unbelievably fortunate to be appointed as the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach for Western Connecticut State University," stated Thomas.  "I am incredibly grateful that President, John Clark, and Athletic Director, Ed Farrington, have provided me with such a wonderful opportunity to lead the Colonials."

"I look forward to making a name for Western within the Little East Conference and Division III Women's Lacrosse. Furthermore, I am ecstatic to share my vision with prospective student-athletes and convey the opportunities Western and the women's lacrosse program offers."

Thomas began her collegiate playing career at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass. as a scholarship student-athlete.  For the Yellow Jackets, she starred in the midfield and in the defense side of the field. 

She then transferred to Springfield College and was a draw specialist for her junior and senior year.  Thomas led the Pride to back-to-back New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Conference Championships in 2012 and 2013 and led Springfield to two straight trips to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament. She was named team captain for Springfield for her senior campaign.

Scholastically at Waterford High School, Thomas was a Connecticut All-Area and All-Conference selection and captained the team her final season in high school after only playing for two years.  She is a three-sport varsity letter winner in soccer, basketball, lacrosse and was declared "Student of the Year" in 2009 for superior leadership.

Thomas explained that her Native American heritage and that "being Native American (Iroquois) the game of lacrosse has a very special place in my heart and is certainly one of the reasons why I am so passionate for this magnificent sport."

The Colonials open the 2016 at Castleton State on Saturday, March 5.  They open their home slate on Thursday, March 10 when they play host to Worcester State University.