Jamie Holmes became UC Davis' ninth head women's volleyball coach in March of 2008, making an immediate impact on the program. In her initial season, the Aggies posted as 12-17 record, tripling their win total from the previous year. Then in 2009, Holmes led UC Davis to a 20-10 record and a second-place 11-5 in the Big West Conference, earning a nod as the league's Co-Coach of the Year.
After another winning season (16-13) in 2010, Holmes elevated the Aggie program a step higher in 2011. Her team won 21 matches, the highest total in the university's Division I era. Furthermore, UC Davis received votes toward the AVCA Top 25 D-I poll for the first time. The Aggies appeared on the poll for five straight weeks. Holmes guided the Aggies to 16-13 and 17-14 seasons during the past two seasons, continuing to solidify the program as a legitimate foe in the tough league.
Holmes has also made efforts the advance her program outside the championship season. Off the court, she actively seeks to engage the Davis vicinity in Aggie volleyball. Competitively, she runs a strong spring practice season. In May 2009, the Aggies - although only seven players deep - captured the four-person division of the Big West Conference Beach Volleyball tournament.
Holmes arrived at UC Davis after serving as the No. 1 assistant for Ohio State from 2002 through 2007. She was involved in all aspects of the Buckeye program, including on-court coaching, player development, recruiting, scouting, strength and conditioning, travel, public relations and academic monitoring.
In her six seasons at OSU, Holmes coached four American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans, most notably 2004 AVCA Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year Stacey Gordon. During that span, Ohio State compiled a 122-65 overall record and made four NCAA tournament appearances. Additionally, Holmes' recruiting efforts have resulted in nationally ranked freshman classes in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Before her arrival in Columbus, Holmes spent five years at Southwest Missouri State (now known as Missouri State) as the top assistant coach. In her tenure with the Bears, she helped transform the program from an 18-14 record in 1997 to a 25-5 ledger in 2001. Off the court, Holmes' role as academic coordinator oversaw the team's grade-point average rise from 3.18 in her first season to a 3.42 in 2001-02. Her skills in recruiting brought in the school's first-ever AVCA All-America honoree and a Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Additionally, Holmes served on the board of directors for Club Bear Volleyball, a youth development program.
Holmes previously served one year as head women's coach for Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.; and a season as the head men's coach at her alma mater of Bethany University. She graduated summa cum laude from Bethany in 1994, earning a B.A. degree in social science. Holmes also is completing her Master of Divinity from the Assembly of God Theological Seminary in Springfield.
Holmes' arrival at UC Davis also served as a homecoming of sorts. She and her family resided in Davis until relocating to nearby Citrus Heights when she reached middle school.
"Look up and down the coastline of California, and there are not a lot of college-town communities. Then you look at UC Davis and you find that atmosphere," Holmes said. "It is a great academic institution in a desirable place for young people. I just think there is so much success that can happen here."
Holmes played club volleyball for Sacramento State head coach Debby Colberg, then spent three years (one as a redshirt) in the Hornet program from 1989 to 1991. She then completed her career at Bethany, serving as team captain in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. As a senior, Holmes led all NAIA players in kills per game and hitting percentage, earning All-Region and All-America honors from the AVCA.