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Clay Thomas - Softball Pitching Coach

Contact: Call or Text 828-216-3341




Clay is a native of Asheville, NC, a graduate of A.C. Reynolds High and possesses an Engineering degree from North Carolina State University.

He has been coaching Fastpitch Softball since 2002, a time when local recreation leagues were every bit as strong as travel softball. While winning four consecutive league and post-season championships, he noticed a glaring shortage of quality pitching. With players quickly beginning to migrate to travel Fastpitch at that time, it created a great opportunity to study the game at a higher level and to specifically focus on the pitching aspect even more.

In the 15 plus years he has been honing his teaching skills, Clay has worked with numerous young pitchers to help them reach high levels of achievement. He built the pitching foundation for a dozen successful high school pitchers, including two NC State champions.

Included in achievements by his students are: three college pitchers with two more high schoolers holding scholarship offers; six all-conference performers, all in multiple years; a seventh grader receiving a high school letter for pitching every game for her varsity team; five perfect games in high level travel ball play and the only perfect game in Enka Middle School history; a 19-strikeout performance in a conference championship game against a previously-unbeaten team; a freshman leading the state of North Carolina in strikeouts while finishing 20th in the entire country in strikeouts per inning; a Mission Hospital Athlete of the Week; a Citizen-Times Athlete of the Week; multiple All-state, All-region, and All-WNC recipients; and two pitchers who won more games in a season than their school had won in the three prior years combined.

In addition to his duties as pitching instructor, Clay has also worked on an individual basis with a number of the area’s leading hitters. He has been associated in an assistant coaching role with two of Western North Carolina’s most successful travel organizations and has seen what it takes to get noticed by coaches at the next level. Clay is proud to be associated with the Diamond Mine as Fastpitch Pitching Instructor and works hard with each student to not only teach them the art and science of pitching but to make sure that they learn exactly why they are learning each step of the process and how it all works together to make them a better pitcher and athlete. He encourages each student to dream big and to reach deep to get the most out of her God-given talents.