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As of July 1, 2014 Lori Thomas is commissioner for the Heart of America Athletic Conference. As the first female conference commissioner in the history of NAIA, she serves as the chief administrative officer for the conference. Her responsibilities include oversight of day to day operations, conference tournament play, conference rules and regulations, development of branding and marketing strategies and overall growth and strengthening the organization and its member institutions.
Beginning in 1998, Lori worked with the NAIA as a Marketing Assistant and was quickly promoted through the ranks to
Senior Vice President for Membership and Character Initiatives. Her responsibilities included leading efforts for membership recruitment and retention, achieving greater efficiencies and
consistency in delivery of the Champions of Character program and advancing student-athlete experiences within national championships. In addition, Lori served as a senior executive while
overseeing human resources for the national office staff. Since 2004, Lori supervised the NAIA championships department which was responsible for 23 national championship events, emerging
sports, site selection, host contracts, championship merchandising and apparel, coaches associations, councils and committees.'
Prior to joining the NAIA, Lori served as an assistant volleyball coach at Missouri State (1993-1996) and the University of Tulsa (1996-1998). Born and raised in Kansas City, Lori began her post-secondary education at Johnson County Community College. While at JCCC, Lori played volleyball and basketball and was recognized as a Junior College All-American in volleyball in 1988. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Management – emphasis in Human Resources from Idaho State University in 1992. She played volleyball for the Bengals for two years and ended her student-athlete experience with basketball in her 5th year. Following graduation, Lori moved to Kieldrecht, Belgium to play professional volleyball for a year before starting her coaching career. Lori was also a member of the Kansas City Lightning women’s professional volleyball team in 1996. In 2003, Lori was inducted into both the National Junior College Athletics Association Hall of Fame and Johnson County Community College Hall of Fame for the sport of volleyball. She was inducted into Idaho State University’s Hall of Fame the next year for volleyball and basketball. Lori served on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee from 2004-2008 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the United States – International University Sports Federation since 2004. She attended the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen China and most recently traveled to Kazan Russia for the 2013 World University Games as a USA staff member.
Lori spends her personal time as a volleyball coordinator and board member for Holy Spirit Grade School while coaching youth volleyball and basketball for both the YMCA and CYO. She resides in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband Alan and their daughters Ava and Sophie.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
It is our purpose to provide education, leadership and guidance to all girls competitive cheer coaches. Therefore, our focus is to enhance and promote the growth of girls competitive cheer as a sport in Michigan.