Thiago has 14 years of volleyball coaching experience in different levels. Currently, he is the assistant coach at UC San Diego. As a head coach at Bay Port HS he led the team to the first conference title in school history and the Pirates finished the season with 29-3 overall record. Thiago was also chosen the 2019 FRCC coach of the year. As an assistant coach at UWGB in 2017, he helped the team reach the championship match of the Horizon League Tournament and the quarter finals of the NIVC. Before coming to UWGB, he was a volunteer assistant coach at West Virginia University, where he coached in the Big XII conference for three years. Thiago played collegiately for the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul before moving on to play professionally in Brazil and Europe.
Thiago believes that his coaching philosophy is what guides him through his general career decisions and specific daily choices. He developed this philosophy based on his values and previous coaching experiences that helped him learn what he wanted to change or keep doing in the future. The main factors of his coaching philosophy are: athlete development as a whole, coaching effectiveness, using empirical-validated and sound theoretical foundations for his work, being ethical and self-aware, and working in a multidisciplinary way with the rest of the coaching staff.