Jason Thomas is in his first season as director of football operations at Wisconsin.
Thomas worked in the Utah State Student-Athlete Academic Services department for six years prior to joining the Badgers. Most recently, he held the position of assistant athletics director and was a member of the athletics department senior staff. He was the academic counselor for the football team for six seasons, including all four of Gary Andersen's years with the Aggies. In addition, in his role as assistant athletics director, Thomas worked with the assistant AD of football operations in game day management and travel operations.
Working in Academic Services, Thomas was responsible for initial and continuing student-athlete eligibility, served as study hall program coordinator and supervised the graduate intern program to develop young professionals. In addition to football, Thomas worked with the women's basketball, men's and women's track and field and men's and women's tennis programs.
Utah State's football team ranked in a tie for fourth among FBS teams in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate for 2012-13 with a score of 988. That ranked one spot behind Wisconsin, which was third with an APR of 989.
A native of Moreno Valley, California, Thomas was a member of the Utah State football team from 2001-2004. After a knee injury, Thomas concluded his career with the Aggies as a student assistant wide receivers coach with the team for the 2004 season.
Thomas graduated from Utah State with a bachelor's degree in marketing and human resource management and a master's degree in corporate wellness.
He and his wife, former Utah State track and field athlete Dayna Barrett, have two children, Ezekiel and Asher.