Mr. Thumim

People often ask me why I would give up a job at the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club to become a teacher.  I just tell them it's because I love to work with kids.  My job at the Rockies was as Coordinator of Player Relations.  It was a great job and I met and worked with all of the Rockies stars in the 1990's.  Still keep in touch with some of them today.  However, back in 1995 when I was coaching youth lacrosse, I discovered how much I liked working with kids.  Eventually, I found my way to Golden HS in 1998 as the Boys' Varsity Lacrosse coach.

A change in management at the Rockies in 1999 and the arrival of my first daughter prompted me to quit my job at the Rockies in 2000 and pursue what I feel I was really meant to do, TEACH!  After various subbing gigs, I finally earned my teaching certificate and began teaching at GHS in the Spring of 2003.  In addition to my teaching duties, I was also the Boys' Lacrosse coach until the fall of 2008.  During that time I was named Rocky Mountain News Coach of the Year in 2005 and in 2007, I was able to represent Golden HS as a selector for the 2008 U.S. Under-19 Lacrosse team.

I love Golden HS, the students teach me something everyday, and I hope to inspire and interest students I teach. 

When I am not teaching or coaching lacrosse(currently the Head Coach at GHS), I enjoy hanging out with my 2 daughters Larissa and Tatiana.  I also coach the Russian National Lacrosse team and have been known to dabble in stand-up comedy.  I grew up in Littleton, CO and attended Columbine HS.  I earned a B.S. degree in Sports Industry and a minor in Russian from Ohio University in Athens, OH.

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