Holloway returns to FDU as Men’s Basketball Graduate Assistant

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Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball coach Greg Herenda announced Friday that Mike Holloway, Jr. ’19 will rejoin the Knights’ program as a graduate assistant coach.

One of the all-time greats in FDU men’s basketball history, Holloway returns to Hackensack after an illustrious career with the Burgundy and Blue that saw him help lead the squad to two Northeast Conference championships (2016 and 2019), and with that, two appearances in the NCAA tournament. In his senior year, he was part of the Knights’ “big three” that helped the team defeat Prairie View A&M in the 2019 “Big Dance” to give the program its first-ever March Madness victory. During the famed 2018-19 season, Holloway earned the distinction of team captain.

A two-time All-NEC Second Team selection, Holloway started in 125 of the 128 games he appeared in for the Knights over his four-year career. He was an NEC All-Rookie Team pick following his freshman campaign and was named to the 2018 NABC All-District Second Team after his junior season. At the time of his graduation, Holloway finished tenth on the FDU scoring list (1,490 points), fourth in rebounding (788), tied for eighth in free throws made (334), sixth in field goals made (570) and ninth in blocked shots (111).

“FDU is home! This is where it all started. I walked through the Rothman [Center] and talked with coach things and felt exactly how they did when I visited some time ago,” said Holloway.

“Coming back as a graduate assistant under Coach Herenda is nothing but a great honor and blessing. We have a plan as a staff and I believe in who we are as a University. Hopefully, Coach [Herenda] and I can bring the same player-coach connection and more championships as we did in 2016 and 2019. I appreciate Fairleigh Dickinson for accepting me back and feels good to be a Knight again!”

“It is hard to describe how gratifying it is to have Mike Holloway join me and my staff as a graduate assistant,” said Herenda. “Obviously we all wanted his playing career to go on longer but Mike’s true calling is coaching and there is no better place for him to start than at the Rothman Center.”

Herenda continued, “With Mike coming back to coach under me it shows that this program has come full circle and it validates what we have done here. When your players – and now we have had three – come back and coach and give back, you know that you have something special going on here and I know that he will again make huge contributions to our program.”

“Mike literally bleeds Burgundy and Blue and he brings back a huge part of the history and tradition of our championship program. This, quite literally, is a huge day for Mike, me [sic] and our entire FDU basketball family,” Herenda concluded.


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