Thomas Becomes First Female High School Football Coach in WV

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The Hannan Wildcats aren’t used to receiving attention on the gridiron but Kellie Thomas is changing that. Hannan named her head football coach in the spring, making history for the state of West Virginia.

“Doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman coaching, football is football,” said Thomas.

Thomas has lengthy football resume, including a stint with the Thundering Herd. 

“I know the game, I got three older brothers that played at Point. I’ve been around football all my life,” said Thomas.

Hannan has struggled with numbers in recent years, but Thomas has a plan for her small team.

“A lot of these boys will be playing both sides of the ball so they have to be in shape. So we’re are running every day, and before practice, during practice, after practice we run,” said Thomas.

Thomas and the Wildcats will start the season August 24 at Tug Valley.

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