Coach Tom began sailing while attending Wright State University. Before graduation he moved west, finishing his BA at the University of Nevada. He is a retired Forest Ranger who now works in IT for a school district.
He is a US Sailing Certified Sailing Counselor, PSIA Certified Ski Instructor and USSCA Level III Ski Racing Coach. He taught and/or coached skiing for 22 seasons. He coached the Sierra High School Ski Team to the NorCal Championship in 1983.
He is married with two sons.