Thomas became the new Golden Eaglette coach after a successful 13 years as boys coach.
"I want to thank Coach Thomas for his support in helping make this a very smooth transition. He really did a good job as the boys coach and I look forward to continuing that tradition as the boys coach at Shelbyville Central," Eggleston said.
"We've played in a couple of play days and we've really been working hard. The team is improving and the guys on this team seemed determined to keep improving."
The Golden Eagles are a mixture of upper classmen and youth without a lot of returning experience.
"I believe we have a good group of seniors that are ready to help us have a successful year and we're also going to be counting on some young guys as well," Eggleston said. "Last year we had a team that really worked hard as well but we were not a successful as we could have been so going to try to improve from last year."
First and foremost, Eggleston is a firm believer in the team concept of basketball and expects his players to respect one another.
He also expects his players to take care of their responsibilities off the court and in the classroom.
The Eagles have four seniors, Holt Parsons, Tyis Allison, Tyran Wilkerson and Kenny Parsons, who will be called upon to provide excellent leadership as well as set great examples both on and off the court.
"For us to be successful, we really need our seniors to step up and be great leaders to help our younger players grow. Senior leadership is a key if we want to have a successful program year in and year out," Eggleston said.
A number of other players will be called on to help carry the load.
Juniors Sterling Smith, Kendall Ray and Brayden Ward, sophomore Tavist Allison and freshman O.J. Davis have made great strides throughout the preseason and will have important roles.
The success of the Eagles' this season will depend on how well they play on the defensive end of the court.
"Defense is our main focus right now. We're expecting to make stops on defense and hopefully create some turnovers along the way and convert them into easy baskets. We're going to play a lot of man-to-man defense but we're also going to be able to changes defenses and show some different looks on that end of the court," Eggleston said.
"Offensively, we're a work in progress but I see a lot of potential. Sometimes it takes a little time to get your offense going. We have a number of guys that have a chance to do some good things for us on offense."
District 8-AAA should be very balanced this year.
"Tullahoma, Lawrence County and Columbia return a lot of talent and this is going to be a very competitive district this year," Eggleston said. "It's not going to be easy. I think our guys are excepting the challenge each day and we're just working hard to get better every day."