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PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Cedric Thomas has been named the 20th head coach of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions football team

The Cleveland, MS native takes over at UAPB following a four year stint at Alcorn State University where he served as defensive coordinator for the past two years.uapb cedric thomasThomas

Prior to Alcorn, he was on staff at Mississippi Delta Community College serving as the defensive back coach and defensive coordinator.

Thomas played football at UAPB as a defensive back and graduated in 2001.

"My first plan of action is to get a coaching staff together," said Thomas. "I'm in the process right now of making both a short and long list of coaches and just reaching out to those guys and getting that established. I will also get in the recruiting battles right away."