Jonathan Holmes was promoted to Associate Head Coach following his fifth season on the Tribe staff in 2013. He served as an assistant coach at the Division II and NAIA levels before coming to Williamsburg prior to the 2008-09 season. Holmes grew up in the basketball-rich state of Indiana and furthers the W&M-North Carolina connection at the College after playing four seasons for the Tar Heels.
“Jonathan has a strong pedigree in basketball and he could not be more excited to be a member of the Tribe,” head coach Tony Shaver said. “He possesses a great knowledge of the game and has strong recruiting contacts. Jonathan has been runner-up for Indiana’s ‘Mr. Basketball’ and played in the Final Four for the University of North Carolina, so he brings a winning way in helping to continue the improvement of the program.”
Holmes’ responsibilities with the Tribe include overseeing the team’s scheduling, recruiting coordinator, working with guards and scouting. His main focus area in recruiting is the Midwest.
In overseeing the Tribe’s academics from 2009-12, Holmes saw 15 Tribe players earn CAA All-Acdaemic Team honors, including a CAA-best and program-record seven in 2012. Twice over a three-year stretch (2010 and 2012), W&M had three of its five starters named to the CAA All-Academic Team. During the fall of 2011, 12 of the Tribe’s 14 players earned grade point averages of better than 3.0 and the team accumulated an overall GPA of better than 3.2.
In 2010, Holmes helped the Tribe earn a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, marking only the second postseason appearance in school history. W&M finished the year with the third most wins in school history, 22, including wins over ACC foes Maryland and Wake Forest. W&M also advanced to the CAA Championship game for the second time. Holmes helped bring in the Tribe’s 2010 recruiting class that was ranked among the best Mid-Major classes in the country and the top in the CAA by ESPN.com and Scouts, Inc.
Holmes spent two seasons at Division II school Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C. During his tenure with the Patriots, Holmes’ primary responsibilities included recruiting, on-floor coaching, individual player workouts, pre- and post-season workouts and helping in the area of academic support.
Prior to his time at FMU, the Bloomington, Ind., native spent one season as an assistant coach and head junior varsity coach at Montreat College in 2005-06. The Cavaliers compiled a 22-10 mark and won both the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, while also reaching the second round of the NAIA Division II national tournament. Holmes has also served as a counselor at numerous North Carolina Men’s Basketball Camps, as well as at his own Jonathan Holmes Basketball Camp in Bloomington, which started in 2002.
Holmes is a 2003 graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-year letterman on the Tar Heel basketball team. He played in 76 career games and recorded nearly a two-to-one assists to turnovers ratio. During his career, the Tar Heels advanced to the 2000 Final Four, appeared in the 2003 NIT post-season tournament and won both the 1999 Maui Invitational and the 2002 Preseason NIT. Holmes was named to the 2003 ACC All-Academic Team. He earned a degree in communications from UNC with a 3.6 grade point average.
Upon graduation, Holmes played professionally for two seasons overseas. He was a member of the Leicester Riders in the British Basketball League (England) during the 2003-04 season. The following season, Holmes was a member of the IC Horsens in the Basketligaen Danish League (Denmark). He averaged 14 points and five assists in helping IC Horsens to a runner-up finish during the Danish League regular season as well as a tournament semifinal appearance in 2005.
Holmes was a four-year varsity starter for his father, J.R., at Bloomington South High School and capped his career as the runner-up for Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1999. He left as the school’s all-time leader in points, assists, consecutive games started, free throw percentage and 3-pointers made. Holmes was also the recipient of the John Wooden Citizenship Award in 1999. His high school honors also included Nike High School All-American in the summer of 1998, McDonald’s All-American Nominee, two-time first team All-State in Indiana and being named to the Indiana All-Star team. As a student at Bloomington South, Holmes was the co-valedictorian and carried a perfect GPA.
Jonathan and his wife, Jennifer, were married in September of 2006. Jennifer, who is originally from New Hampshire, owns her own business, Dear Lillie, which is a line of clothing for women and children. The couple has two daughters, Lillian Annabel (3) and Lorelei Wren (1).