Mike Holmes, a longtime high school and college coach in Iowa, has been named the University of Maine-Presque Isle’s men’s basketball coach and an assistant athletic director, the school announced in a news release Thursday.
“Our hiring committee was looking for a leader with vision and a technically strong basketball background,” Doug Carter, UMPI women’s basketball coach and a member of the coaching search committee said in the release. “Mike Holmes was a standout in our search; he has administrative experience, a history of positively impacting his student-athletes and building strong basketball programs.”
Holmes coached for the past six seasons at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, where he twice led his teams to national rankings in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s top 20.
Before Southwestern, Holmes spent two decades coaching high school basketball, twice winning regional coach of the year honors. He began his coaching career climbing the Iowa high school ladder, first coaching at the smallest school level at Class A Allison-Bristol in 1989, later progressing to 2A Spirit Lake and then at 3A Waverly-Shell Rock from 1994 to 1996.
“When you have been in coaching for a long time, you find that certain places distinguish themselves with the people, vision and atmosphere. I believe the University of Maine-Presque Isle is such a place and feel blessed to be entrusted with responsibilities in the athletic department and with the men’s basketball program,” said Holmes. “I think it is an exciting time for the program and look forward to being a part of its evolution.”
Holmes and his wife, Leeanna, an elementary school teacher, have 2-year-old twins, Greyson and Bronwyn.
The University of Maine field hockey program has released its 2014 schedule that features 19 contests including seven home games.
The schedule will feature a familiar cast of opponents as 14 of the teams 19 contests will be against teams they competed against in 2013, including the five America East squads. In those 14 contests, the Bears were 11-13.
“We continue to challenge our program with an exciting start to our 2014 season,” head coach Josette Babineau said in a UMaine news release. “Our opening weekend of play will be in Michigan as we take on Central Michigan and Michigan State, followed by games against Stanford and UMass the next weekend.”
Maine’s trip to Michigan begins with an Aug. 29 contest against Central Michigan, followed by a game against Michigan State on Aug. 31.
The remainder of the schedule is: Sept. 4, vs. Stanford at Durham, N.H. 5 p.m.; Sept. 5, at UMass, 4 p.m.; Sept. 13 vs. Harvard at Burlington, Vt., 2 p.m.; Sept. 14, vs. Hofstra at Burlington, Vt., noon; Sept. 20, Bryant, 2 p.m.; Sept. 26, Providence, 4 p.m.; Sept. 28, Quinnipiac, noon; Oct. 3, at Vermont, 1 p.m.; Oct. 4, vs. Sacred Heart at Vermont, 1 p.m.; Oct. 7, Darmouth, 3 p.m.; Oct. 10, Fairfield, 3 p.m.; Oct. 12, Yale, 2 p.m.; Oct. 17, at UMass Lowell, 6 p.m.; Oct. 19, at Northeastern, 2 p.m.; Oct. 25, at Albany, 1 p .m.; Oct. 26 vs. Cornell at Albany, 1 p .m.; Oct. 31, New Hampshire, 3 p.m.