May 28, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's volleyball coach Jamie Holmes, who compiled 100 wins during her six seasons leading the Aggies, has resigned from her position for personal reasons, it was announced by Director of Athletics Terry Tumey on Wednesday.
"I want to thank Jamie for her dedication to her student-athletes and to the athletics program," Tumey said. "She has pushed the volleyball program forward during its NCAA Division I era and has helped its foundation grow stronger."
Coach Holmes transformed a program that had amassed just 15 wins in the previous four seasons to one that became a contender in the tough Big West Conference. She compiled a 100-79 record in six years at the helm, including a 20-10 mark in 2009 and a 21-10 ledger in 2011. The 2009 squad placed second in the conference, earning Holmes a share of the league's Coach of the Year award.
"I would like to thank UC Davis for the opportunity to coach at such a distinguished institution and well-respected athletic conference," Holmes said. "I reflect on the accomplishments of the UC Davis volleyball program under my direction and I am proud."
In 2011, UC Davis achieved another first when it received votes toward the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Top 25 poll. The Aggies appeared in the poll for five weeks en route to their 21-win season, a best for the program's D-I era.
Holmes' teams posted five upsets against teams ranked in or receiving votes toward the AVCA national poll. UC Davis claimed a four-set upset of then-No. 23 UC Irvine on October 30, 2009. The Aggies defeated Tulsa and Missouri, each receiving votes, on back-to-back weekends early in the 2011 season. This past fall, UC Davis upset California (receiving votes) on September 19, ending a Golden Bear series streak dating back to 1976; then highlighted its 2013 season with a five-set victory over No. 8 Hawai'i on October 26.
"I know that the accomplishments are the result of many people's hard work and vision over the years," said Holmes. "From coaching staffs, support staffs and student-athletes to the alumni, friends of the program and financial backers, it takes a village to be successful.
"I will always be an Aggie at heart and wish UC Davis Volleyball success in every future match."
UC Davis went 14-15 last season, with a 6-10 mark in Big West play. Holmes finishes fourth in wins among Aggie volleyball coaches, behind Kathy DeYoung (169-102 in nine years), Marlene Piper (152-59 in six years) and Sharon King (97-85 in six years).
A search for a new head coach is currently underway.