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Haley Thomas

School

Weber State University

Position
Defense
Major
Exercise Science

Classroom

Thomas carries a 3.6 GPA as an exercise science major. She earned US Soccer Coaches Scholar All-West Region Team and is a three-time Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award recipient.

Following graduation and the end of her playing career, she hopes to gain experience and work in the exercise science field.

Character

Thomas has overcome many obstacles while participating as a Weber State student-athlete. Originally from Washington, she had to overcome the distance from friends and family. She believes playing soccer has given her something to work towards and stay busy with, and that moving away from home has helped her become more independent.

Thomas has also had to overcome many injuries while at Weber State. In her freshman year, she suffered a bone bruise that forced her season to end early, missing the last three games. She felt that her freshman year was the most difficult one because of all the changes she went through.

She also had a heavy weight on her shoulders when she entered the team as a freshman. Thomas immediately started playing a big role for the Wildcats. She felt a lot of pressure and didn’t want to let her teammates down. Even though Thomas loves being a leader, she admits that there are times when it is difficult.

Thomas believes the obstacles that she has faced have helped her to become a better leader for her teammates, also giving her more confidence and belief in herself.

Community

Since arriving at Weber State, Thomas has participated in many community and charitable activities. She has volunteered with “Bridge the Gap,” a program that provides food for children over the weekend while they are not at school. She has also volunteered with the “WSU College Bound” program, walking elementary school children around the campus and telling them about the school and experience.

Thomas attended Shadow Valley Elementary’s Red Ribbon Week, providing encouragement and speaking about what student-athletes do every day.

Being part of her community, especially with the youth, is important to Thomas. She loves serving those around her, as well as having conversations and getting to know kids.

Competition

Thomas has been an integral part of the Weber State defense since arriving. In her first three seasons, she has played 4,511 minutes and started all 48 of her games played. Thomas has scored one goal and taken 42 shots.

In 2019, Thomas was named to the Big Sky All-Conference first team. She earned second team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention recognition as a freshman.

She is loved and admired by her teammates and coaches, who love playing with her on the field and coaching her. Thomas will be hard to replace after graduation.