Responsibilities: As director, Holmes provides leadership for Tech’s Student-Athlete Academic Support Services and, along with his staff, oversees the development and execution of programs aimed to help Hokie student-athletes balance their academic and athletics demands and achieve success in both areas.
Joined VT Athletics Staff: 2009.
At Virginia Tech: Holmes oversees an office with nine full-time people. Among the services provided by his office are advising and counseling on academic-related issues, monitoring of study halls for Tech’s student-athletes, providing tutoring, working with professors to chart academic progress, and helping with freshman transitions to college. In addition, they monitor student-athletes and their academic records to ensure that each is on track to stay eligible for competition, and more importantly, to graduate.
Prior to Virginia Tech: From 1999-2002, Holmes served as director of student life at Virginia Tech before taking an athletic academic counselor position at Cal State Fullerton. He then returned to Tech in 2009 after serving a five-year stint as the assistant director of Student-Athlete Support Services at The Ohio State University. He started with the Buckeyes in 2004 as an athletic academic counselor and was promoted to assistant director of a support unit that served nearly 1,000 student-athletes. Holmes managed that department’s day-to-day activities, office operations, facilities and staff, in addition to overseeing the academic support programs for all student-athletes and serving as the academic counselor for Ohio State’s football and track programs.
Education: Virginia Tech, 1996 (B.S. in business); Virginia Tech, 1998 (master’s in resource management).
Of Note: A former Hokie himself, Holmes was a member of the Tech football squad from 1991-1996. As a player, he was best remembered for making the game-winning touchdown catch in the Hokies’ 36-29 victory over Virginia in the 1995 regular-season finale. Tech trailed by 15 points going into the fourth quarter, but rallied to win.
Personal: A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Holmes and his wife, LaTanya, reside in Blacksburg with son Aiden and daughter Ava.