Growing up in Quincy, Illinois, Lori Thomas was the youngest in a line of seven athletic children. Excelling at soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, and dance, she was a 3-sport athlete at Quincy Notre Dame High School (‘95), but focused on soccer when she attended Washington University in St. Louis (‘99). A four year starter for the Bears, Lori holds the school’s season record (‘98) for goals (31), assists (16), points (78), and game-winning goals (9). She ranks 2nd in career goals (71), assists (38), & points (180). As a freshman in the 1995 season, she led her team to the school’s first University Athletic Association (UAA) conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance. Then, in 1997 & 1998, Lori led the team to NCAA 3rd & 5th place finishes, respectively. She was a 4-time all-UAA Conference & 4-time all-Region selection, and was named UAA Conference Player of the Year in 1998. Lori was awarded by Chancellor Wrighton Wash U’s prestigious W. Alfred Hayes Award for outstanding leadership in athletics when she graduated. In the Pre-Physical Therapy curriculum at Wash U, she earned her degree in Psychology in 1999 but realized her love of athletics and desire for a career in health care could be combined in the field of sports medicine. In 2002, she received her master’s degree from Illinois State University’s Department of Kinesiology & Recreation, specializing in athletic training. As a graduate assistant at Illinois Wesleyan University, she also started her collegiate soccer coaching career, assisting head coach Dave Barrett (‘01).
Returning to St. Louis in 2002, Lori gained additional experience in outpatient rehabilitation clinics and strength & conditioning facilities, and continued her collegiate coaching career, this time at her alma mater. Assisting then head coach Wendy Dillinger (‘02-‘07) and current head coach Jim Conlon (‘08), Lori focused on the technical game of the attackers while designing & instructing the year-long strength & conditioning program. In her 7 seasons with the Wash U Bears, Lori’s program was successful in minimizing injuries and maximizing soccer-specific fitness, leading to 5 UAA Conference Championships and 5 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
During her tenure at Wash U, in 2004, she realized a dream of playing semi-professional soccer with the St. Louis Archers, and in 2005 realized another dream of starting her own business practice, Khazen AthletiKare. Lori combines her athletic training and strength & conditioning certifications with years of experience with youth, high school, collegiate, and adult elite and recreational athletes. In 2006, Lori was honored to be inducted in the Hall of Fame of both Quincy Notre Dame and Washington University in the same year.
In 2009, via Khazen AthletiKare, Lori accepted the position of athletic trainer for Webster University’s men & women’s soccer programs. In the last 5 seasons, she has been an integral part of the sports medicine team, heading up injury prevention, early injury recognition, and return to play programs for the Gorloks. In addition, Lori was an adjunct faculty member at both Saint Louis University and Webster University, teaching classes in athletic performance enhancement and exercise physiology, respectively 2010-2014. Lori believes education is a primary component to success, and brings both fundamentals & current research her clients in their mental and physical efforts.
In 2014, Lori was incredibly honored and excited to accept the position of assistant head coach under veteran head coach Luigi Scire and long-time assistant Mike Hutchison. Lori uses her strengths as an athletic trainer, strength & conditioning coach, and technical specialist for attackers to help enhance the already-stellar Gorlok squad. Webster finished 14-5-3 in 2014, going 9-0 in the SLIAC, winning the regular season SLIAC & tournament championships, and receiving the NCAA automatic bid. Lori continues her work with her business, Khazen AthletiKare, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in June 2015! She is happy to see clients now at Core Fitness in Des Peres, and welcomes the opportunity to train the elite & recreational athlete as well those with general fitness goals. Contact Lori today to schedule your “Starter Pack”…fitness & nutritional assessment, and 3 follow-up private sessions!
Lori is married to her college sweetheart, Pete Khazen, and they have 3 children…Emary (7), Gabriel (6) and Christian (3).