New soccer coach ‘excited’ for first season at Royal Oak High

By: Edward Zilincik | Royal Oak Review | Published September 12, 2018

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ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak High soccer is welcoming new coach Mike Thomas this season. Thomas previously coached at Birmingham Seaholm for five years.

“This is a team with a ton of experience,” said Thomas. “We expect to make a run in districts at the end of this season.”

The Ravens have nine seniors on the roster, and they compete in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. 

Another benefit to this season is Thomas’ familiarity with his players. 

“I coached the Royal Oak Renegades before, which is a youth team,” said Thomas. “Most of these kids played for me before when they were 10, 11 and 12 years old, so these boys are already accustomed to the structure of my schemes.”

This is not a rebuilding year in Thomas’ opinion, despite him being in his first year on the job. 

“I was very happy when I got the job,” said Thomas. “I applied for it and then told them my familiarity with the players, and I got it.” 

Thomas said his offense is based on “a ton of possession,” while on defense, he wants “to be constantly attacking the opponent.”

“We have a set system here,” said Thomas. “I set everything up for them and basically sit back and watch them do well.” 

Thomas added that he wants to add stability to the program, which he noted has had its share of coaching changes in recent years. 

“We want to grow the team and the program … and get as much talent in here as possible,” he said. “I also want to get the school spirit up for the Royal Oak Ravens soccer program.”