Women's Volleyball Coaches - Southwestern Illinois College

Head Coach Warren Thomas

Coach Warren Thomas is entering his eleventh season as Head Volleyball Coach with an overall record of 151-190 in NJCAA Region 24 and Great Rivers Athletic Conference (2012-2021). While in one of the toughest NJCAA Region’s in the country, he continues to dedicate himself growing the volleyball program to high competitive heights. He led his team to success reaching 2021 Co-Conference Champions, first in 15 years.  

Thomas previous coaching positions have been in the United States Air Force with men’s and women’s club volleyball teams at various locations worldwide, along with playing internationally for the European Armed Forces Team and participating on German National League teams.  Additionally, he was the varsity head coach for girls’ volleyball at Alamogordo High School (Division 5A), Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he coached for seven years.

 Thomas currently coaches under the Gateway USA Volleyball organization out of St. Louis, MO (10 years running). He is the Director of H2 St Louis-Illinois Club Division and is USAV CAP (Coaches Accreditation Program) I and II certified.  He is a graduate from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.   Thomas is also retired Air Force, enlisted for 28 years. Volleyball has been a major part of his life, playing and/or coaching, for over 40 years.

Assistant Coach Caitlyn Milligan

Coach Milligan attended Rochester High School, Rochester, IL where she was a four year varsity player and received Academic All-Conference recognition. She played Select volleyball three seasons for Top Notch Volleyball out of Springfield, IL. She played two years for Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm Volleyball and received All-Region and All-Conference as Outside Hitter and Middle Blocker. She then transferred to McKendree University and was a member of the Bearcat Volleyball Program for two years.

Cait graduated Cum Laude with Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from McKendree University.

Coach Milligan has coached six years for Select Volleyball; RC Flyers and H2 St Louis Central Illinois and has been involved with multiple volleyball clinics with the Top Notch volleyball club organization out of Springfield, IL.

She is currently a teacher at Aviston Elementary, Aviston, IL and coaches the school’s 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams.