Trinity University has announced that Sterling Holmes will join the Department of Athletics as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.
Trinity Athletics Director Bob King recently announced the hire of Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Smith, who Holmes will partner with in their first campaign together with the Tigers.
“I am really excited to reunite with Sterling,” said Coach Smith. “While coaching Sterling, I saw first hand how great of a person and leader that he is. He has a great basketball mind and is an extremely hard worker. Sterling was the SCAC Newcomer of the Year, SCAC Player of the Year, an All-American, and played in 3 NCAA Tournaments. Our student athletes will benefit greatly from his experience and expertise.”
Holmes served as a volunteer Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach for the Tigers last season under the direction of longtime Head Coach, Pat Cunningham. Last season, the Tigers went 10-16 overall and 8-10 in conference play. The team made it to the SCAC Tournament, but were elimanted by Schreiner (TX) Universtiy in the first round.
Prior to coming to campus, he served on the National Basketball Association Dallas Mavericks staff under Head Coach Rick Carlisle as a player development intern during the 2018-19 season. Coach Holmes also was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Texas Lutheran University, during the 2017-18 campaign.
As a member of the Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team – which won three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships from 2015-2017 – Coach Holmes became a decorated player. The talented guard was elected the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) 2016 Player of the Year. He also was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Second Team All-American and was tabbed for the D-III News Honorable Mention All-America Team.
In his senior season of 2016-17, Coach Holmes received NABC All-South Region Second Team accolades and was selected to play in the NABC Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game. He also was named to the D3hoops.com All-South Region Second Team.
Coach Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Lutheran in sport management. He hails from San Antonio and attended Antonian College Preparatory High School.