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July 9, 2013

Ex-OU assistant Aric Thomas joins Tennessee Vols baseball staff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee baseball head coach Dave Serrano announced the addition of Aric Thomas to his coaching staff on Monday, bringing him in as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Volunteer program.

"I am very excited to welcome Aric, his wife, Julie, and kids, Chloe and Brett, to Rocky Top," Serrano said. "After a very thorough search, during which I uncovered some wonderful people and some very qualified candidates, Aric just rose to the top for me. He has been part of winning programs as a player and a coach everywhere he has been. Most important though, his people skills stood out, which is very important in recruiting since it is all about relationships. Players and coaches in Tennessee and all around the southeast will know Aric very soon and will understand why he got this opportunity."

Thomas arrives at Rocky Top following his second stint at Oklahoma, his alma mater, and replaces Bill Mosiello who has left UT to pursue another coaching opportunity. In 13 years as both a player and a coach with the Sooners, Thomas helped lead them to a national championship, two College World Series appearances, back-to-back Super Regionals, seven NCAA regionals and a Big 12 Conference Tournament championship.

"I'm very excited to be here and looking forward to this opportunity," Thomas said. "I am really looking forward to working with Coach Bergeron and Coach Serrano, two really good coaches who have had a lot of success in their careers and are good baseball guys and good people. Getting to come to the SEC, the best baseball conference in the country, I look forward to that challenge. What put it over the top for me is the Knoxville community. What a great place this is here and I've heard nothing but great things. I look forward to our family getting out here, being a part of Vol Nation and growing up in this area."

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