Brian Holman

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Veteran coach Brian Holman will lead the Utah men’s lacrosse team in its first season as an NCAA sport in 2019.

Holman brings coaching experience with lacrosse powers Johns Hopkins and North Carolina to the Utes.

Holman took his first collegiate head-coaching job with Utah’s club lacrosse team in 2017. He was named Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to the 2018 RMLC Championship. Utah finished 16-1 overall in 2018 and had seven All-Americans and nine all-conference selections and finished fifth in the final coaches poll. The Utes made appearances in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association tournament both years of his tenure, making just their second appearance in his first season in 2017 and earning a No. 10 ranking that year.

Before moving West, Holman spent eight years as an assistant coach at North Carolina (2009-16). He served a variety of roles during his tenure, including goalkeeper coach, running the substitution box, assisting with coordinating the defense, organizing camps and clinics and overseeing alumni relations. Holman helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2016 NCAA Championship as well as the 2013 ACC Championship. UNC competed in the NCAA Tournament every year during his tenure and finished in the top 10 of the national rankings seven times, including a No. 1 rank in 2013. Holman helped coach goalkeeper Kieran Burke to honorable mention All-America honors in 2014 while Chris Madalon was an All-ACC selection in 2010.

Holman served as the goalkeeper coach and defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins from 1986-1991 and again from 1998-2000. The Blue Jays won the 1987 NCAA Championship. Goalkeeper Quint Kessenich (1987-90) was a four-time All-American, including earning first team honors twice during his career, and twice earned the national outstanding goalie award.

Holman was a three-time All-American as a player at Johns Hopkins, competing from 1980-83. Hopkins won the 1980 NCAA Championship and finished as the runners up from 1981-83, recording a 50-7 record during his tenure. Holman’s .6288 career save percentage ranks third all time in the Blue Jays record book and he had 432 career saves. He had a .664 save percentage as a senior (141-of-212), which ranks second in a season at Hopkins and earned him the team’s outstanding defensive player award.

Holman was the 1989 recipient of the Richardson Award for Outstanding Service to Hopkins Lacrosse.