May 30, 2008
ATLANTA – Leah Thomas, Georgia Tech’s director of nutrition since 2003, was promoted to director of Total Person support services, Yellow Jacket athletics director Dan Radakovich announced Friday.
Thomas will supervise Georgia Tech’s Total Person program, which provides student-athletes with enrichment sessions, community service projects, sports vision services, counseling services, physiology testing and sports nutrition. She will continue to serve as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
“I have grown to really appreciate all that the Total Person Program stands for, and I am excited to continue my work with it as the Director,” Thomas said. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to carry on the program that Dr. Homer Rice created years ago. The kind of positive impact that you can have on student-athletes is huge in a position like this one, and I intend to do just that.”
Prior to her appointment as director, Thomas has enjoyed five seasons as the Yellow Jackets’ sports nutritionist. In addition, she has been responsible for conducting various fitness tests, including body composition assessments and resting metabolic rate measurements.
After graduating in 1999 with an undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was a top cross country and track competitor, Thomas earned her graduate degree in exercise science from Georgia State in 2003. A registered dietician, she became a board-certified specialist in Sports Dietetics by the American Dietetic Association in 2006.
An active member of the Atlanta Track Club, Thomas has served on the organizations Board of Directors for three years. She is also a 2004 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.
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