The University of Denver will add Matt Thomas to the coaching staff in August as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2011-12 hockey season. Matty is the older brother of former DU hockey captain Andrew Thomas ('08).
Matt was a four year player at the Naval Academy (2001-'05) and co-captain his Senior season. For the past two seasons Matty was an assistant coach for the Navy hockey program while he was stationed in Washington DC at the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Prior to that he spent four years serving his country attaining the rank of Lieutenant stationed on the USS Monterey and the USS Elrod in the Persian Gulf.
Matty's father Larry was a long-time WCHA referee and younger brother Andy currently plays professionally for the AHL Albany Devils. Andy was a member of the 2005 University of Denver National Championship team.