Courtesy: UGA Sports Communications
Justin Holmes enters his third year as a volunteer coach on the University of Georgia baseball staff. In his first year, he was part of an SEC Championship team that finished second at the College World Series. In 2009, the Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, marking the first back-to-back trips for the program since 2001-02.
A native of Oviedo, Fla., Holmes spent four years playing professional baseball before returning to Georgia to begin his coaching career. He holds the Bulldog record for best career fielding percentage by a shortstop at .951. He works with the infielders and serves as the first base coach.
Holmes was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs including Co-MVP of the 2004 squad that finished third at the College World Series with a 45-23 record. He earned second team All-SEC honors as a senior captain. He batted a team-best .332 with eight home runs and 56 RBI in leading the Bulldogs to the 2004 SEC title. As a junior, he hit .301-1-16 and ranked second among SEC shortstops with a .971 Fielding Percentage. For his career, Holmes hit .319 with nine home runs, 94 RBI and 34 stolen bases.
Holmes was a 26th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2004. He played in the Indians organization for two years, spending time in Burlington, N.C. in the Appalachian League, and Eastlake, Ohio for Lake County in the South Atlantic League. Also, he played for the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums of the independent Frontier League. Holmes was a two-time All-Star selection for the Bums.
Holmes began his collegiate career at the University of South Florida, playing one season with the Bulls before transferring to Georgia in 2002. He is a 2005 graduate of UGA with a degree in Classical Culture. He is married to the former Elizabeth Newsome of Washington, Ga. She is a 2008 graduate of the UGA veterinary school. She was a member of Georgia’s 2003 and 2004 national championship equestrian teams.