Carol Thomas
Carol Thomas

UMass Boston has had its share of multiple time All-Americans, but Carol Thomas is the only athlete in school history to have been honored as an All-American in two different sports. The former guard is well decorated on the hardwood, having been named a two-time All-American as well as an All-New England and All-ECAC performer. She will go down as one of the best all-around guards in school annals after averaging 15.5 points, 4.4 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals per outing during her career. Thomas became the first 1,000-point scorer in school history when she netted 16 points in her final contest to give her 1,010 in just three seasons, which is currently the sixth-highest total in program history. She holds the Beacons' record for steals in a season (92), season scoring average (19.3 ppg.), made field goals in a game (14), field goals attempted in a game (30) and field goals attempted in a season (494). The Dorchester native proved to be one of the best all-time playmakers at the school, ranking second in career, season and single-game assists with 284, 119 and 11, respectively. She became the first UMB women's player to eclipse 400 points in a season when she netted 426 as a junior, a total that still ranks as the fourth-highest in school history. Following her hoops career, Thomas joined the 1986 outdoor track and field team and finished third in the triple jump at the ECAC outdoor meet to earn All-ECAC status and help the squad to the ECAC crown. She bettered herself by finishing second in the triple jump at the 1987 NCAA indoor championships to earn herself All-American honors, en-route to helping UMass Boston win its third straight NCAA indoor title. Thomas was also named All-New England after finishing third in the triple jump at the New England indoor championships and then fifth in the New England outdoor competition. She earned four first place finishes, including the triple jump title at the 1987 ECAC indoor championship as a part of another ECAC team championship for the Beacons. Thomas still holds the UMass Boston outdoor long jump record as well.