Tom was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1944 and played minor lacrosse, hockey and baseball in Wallaceburg. He moved to Oshawa in 1964, playing lacrosse in the CAW Men's League. From 1965 through 1969, he played for the Brooklin Redmen and was part of the Mann Cup Championship teams. In 1980-81, Tom coached in the novice division of the Oshawa Green Gaels Lacrosse Association and in 1988-90 was an assistant coach with the Whitby Warriors Pee Wee A Division team. Tom also won four championships as head coach of Whitby Minor Lacrosse House League teams between 1988 to 1995.
In 1994-95, he was the trainer and assistant coach of the Whitby Midget B Lacrosse team and in 1995-96 was an assistant coach in the Intermediate A Division of the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association.