Jonathan Holmes was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2013 and enters his second season at the position and seventh season overall on the Tribe staff. During his time with the Green and Gold, W&M has produced two of the programs seven all-time 20-win seasons and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game on two occasions.
"Jonathan has the respect of our staff members, certainly our players and he has a great rapport with parents in the recruiting process," head coach Tony Shaver said. "He has a strong pedigree in basketball and possesses a great knowledge of the game. 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. He is the kind of young man I want representing our 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. During his tenure with W&M, Holmes has helped in developing eight All-CAA picks, six 1,000-point scorers, four NABC All-District selections and four CAA All-Rookie selections. He also recruited and developed 2014 CAA Rookie of the Year Omar Prewitt, who was named among the best mid-major freshman in the country during the 2013-14 season by Mid-Major Madness.
In 2013-14, Holmes helped lead the Tribe to a 20-12 season, including a regular-season finish of third in the CAA at 10-6. W&M downed the College of Charleston and Towson in the quarterfinal and semifinal of the CAA Tournament and were on the brink of the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance before falling in heartbreaking fashion to Delaware, 75-74. The Green and Gold established school records for points, 3-point percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and fewest turnovers, while ranking among the top 31 nationally in 3-pointers made, 3-point percentage, fewest fouls per game, field goal percentage, fewest turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.
In overseeing the Tribe’s academics from 2009-12, Holmes saw 15 Tribe players earn CAA All-Academic 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.
Prior to joining the Tribe, Holmes 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.
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 (4) and Lorelei Wren (2).