Congratulations to Coach Jill Thomas who was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 28 in a ceremony at the Mercer Oaks Country Club. Jill has been the Varsity Girls Lacrosse coach at Princeton Day School for 20 years, where she has has coached more than 100 teams and has 500+ career wins. Her lacrosse teams have won five Patriot League Championships, a Mercer County Championship in 2010, and MCT Runner-up in 2011. Jill has been awarded Coach of the Year honors from the Princeton Packet, the Trenton Times, and the Trentonian multiple times. In 2009, she was named the Town Topics of Princeton's Top Coach among Female Programs. She also served as an All-American Committee Member for NJ South from 2008-2012. Most recently, Jill has had the honor of coaching the PDS girls lacrosse team to three straight Prep B State Championship titles in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
A graduate of Danbury High School, with a B.S. degree from Ursinus College and an M.S. from The College of New Jersey, Jill began her career at Princeton Day School in 1988. During her 30 years at the School she has filled multiple roles, including serving for 18 years as the Chair of the Physical Education Department. In addition, she has coached the Varsity Field Hockey team for 21 years, the Varsity Girls Basketball for 15 years, and has served as the Princeton Day School's Peer Leadership Program Coordinator for 26 years.
Outside of Princeton Day School, Jill helped start Princeton Lacrosse Club, a successful girls PreK-8th grade youth program, where she served as Head Coach for 14 years.
Many of Jill's colleagues and players came to celebrate her Hall of Fame induction at the ceremony. In the photo, Director of Athletics Tim Williams poses with Coach Thomas.