On the tenth anniversary of the tornado that devastated his hometown of Parkersburg, Aaron Thomas, the son of legendary Aplington-Parkersburg Head Football Coach Ed Thomas, spoke at Regional Medical Center in Manchester Friday afternoon. Ed Thomas helped rally the community after the EF-5 tornado destroyed much of the town on May 25th, 2008. Aaron said he learned a lot about being a leader in the months following the disaster by watching his father:
Ed Thomas was killed just 13 months later by a mentally ill former player and Aaron decided he wanted to spread his message of handling adversity and community pride, which he does through about 40 speaking engagements per year:
Thomas is currently the Head Boys Basketball Coach and Principal at Aplington Parkersburg High School.