Before Air Force
USAFA Prep School: Played for Marcus Corbett at the USAF Prep School.
U.S. Soccer Academy: Member of the USSF Solar Chelsea for two seasons ... helped team to fourth-place finish in the playoffs in 2012 ... played for coaches Adrian Solca and Kevin Smith.
Club: Played for Solar Red '94 team ... helped team to regional championship and fifth-place nationally in U-16 league ... team also captured CCSAI (Chamber Classic Soccer Alliance Inc.) grand championship and North Texas state championship.
High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer ... also team MVP and district defensive player of the year as a junior ... second-team all-district as a sophomore ... team newcomer of the year as a freshman ... high school soccer coach was Dave Maher.
Parents are Rick and Stephanie Elder ... given name is Thomas ... has one brother and one sister ... his grandfather was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force ... would like attend pilot training following his time at the Academy ... hobbies include watching FIFA and studying ... also recruited by SMU and West Texas A&M ... favorite food is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ... favorite book is The Bible ... favorite movie is Django ... reality TV show he would choose to be on is The Kardashians ... person in history he would most like to meet is Ronald Reagan ... greatest moment in sports was appearing in the Development Academy finals ... credits his father with the biggest influence on his sports career ... started playing soccer at age three ... favorite professional soccer team is Chelsea ... favorite player is Andrea Pirlo ... member of cadet squadron 2.