In his young career, both on and off the athletic fields, E.J. Thurmond '13 has both been around and created success all his young life.
Graduating from HIES in 2013 as one of only three All-Americans in lacrosse school history, he also consistently earned All-Region and All-State honors under Coach Mike Thornton. After his Golden Bear years, he went on to become a four-year Division I lacrosse player at Jacksonville University, where he started three of them.
Graduating with a major in Business Administration and moving quickly into the business world in Atlanta in 2017, Mr. Thurmond still has not only never forgotten Holy Innocents’, but has remained a part of it.
Working on the Alumni Board for two years before having to sit back a year while taking over as interim head lax coach last spring, Mr. Thurmond is now back on the board and brings his excitement and enthusiasm with him.
“It’s been a great experience to see all the great things that have been going on here,” he said. “I’m still really close to my friends who I went to school with, and I enjoy being a good liaison with them and keeping them up to date. They are all busy with their separate lives but are always eager to hear the updates whenever I come across them.”
While doing this, Mr. Thurmond – since coming back to Atlanta after college graduation – has coached lacrosse here at every level, though the upcoming spring will be his first year not on the sideline. He is currently employed as an office broker for Colliers International in Atlanta after a stint with Brand Bank.
An interesting fact to note is that Mr. Thurmond’s interim head coaching year of last spring proved to be the most successful boys’ varsity lacrosse season ever, with the team pulling off the most wins while having the furthest advancement in postseason by going to the Elite 8.
“Please know, that credit all goes to the players and all that Coach Thornton instilled in them over the years,” he said. “I’m taking no credit for that. We’ve had an awful lot of good players and athletes over the years since I’ve been here.”
Mr. Thurmond graduated with his MBA from Mercer University in December.
— Dunn Neugebauer