Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters ... Pictured -- Jonathan Holmes.

HOLMES TAKES COACHING POSITION

* After playing two seasons of pro basketball overseas (England and Denmark), North Carolina graduate Jonathan Holmes ('03) will begin his basketball coaching career as the head men's basketball coach at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. Green Mountain is a private, liberal arts school and plays basketball at the Division III classification.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity," Holmes informed Inside Carolina, after accepting the position. "Since returning from Denmark in May, I have pretty much put all my efforts into finding a college coaching position. To be able to start my coaching career at 25, as a head coach at the collegiate level, is a tremendous blessing. It is a big challenge, with a great deal of responsibility, but one that I welcome."

After finishing his pro season in Horsens, Denmark, Holmes returned home in May and felt he had lost some of his desire to go overseas for another season and continue his playing career.

"A coaching career was simply the natural progression of things. My father (J.R. Holmes) has been a high school basketball coach for over 30 years now, and having been around the greatest minds in basketball – Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, Eddie Fogler, etc. – I feel like I have the knowledge and ability to run a college basketball program, regardless of my age and lack of experience," Holmes explained to IC. "I am moving up to Vermont in the next few weeks, and will begin working right away, contacting people involved with prep basketball to start recruiting."

A senior profile on Holmes at tarheelblue.com described him as, "A coach's son – his father, J.R. Holmes, was his coach at Bloomington South (Indiana) High School – [with] a knack for dissecting key possessions and momentum shifts in a game and explaining them to journalists."

Holmes noted to IC that he very much appreciates the four coaches that have shaped so much of his thinking about basketball and life – his father, Coach Guthridge, Coach Fogler and Coach Smith. "Without their guidance and influence I know that I would not have had such incredible playing experiences as well as the opportunity to begin a coaching career," Holmes stated.

As for the move to Poultney, Coach Holmes can look forward to his team "practicing and competing in the Eagle Dome, a spot that defines homecourt advantage; the cozy atmosphere and fans on the floor help the Eagles out when they need it," according to the school's official website.

UPDATE: WNBA TAR HEELS

* The Los Angeles Sparks placed guard Nikki Teasley ('02) on the injured list on August 1. Teasley has been hampered by a right foot injury (plantar fasciitis) and has not played since July 19.

During her fourth season in the WNBA with the Sparks (12-13, 4th), Teasley has averaged 7.4 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 29 minutes in 19 games.

* In last night's game televised by ESPN2, the Washington Mystics (14-12, 3rd) held on for a 61-60 win over the Indiana Fever (15-11, 2nd). Charlotte Smith-Taylor ('95) helped the Mystics with a late defensive stand against Indiana's Tamika Catchings, along with five points, four boards and three assists in 34 minutes of action.

Smith-Taylor went into last night's contest averaging 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 30.7 minutes in 25 games played.

Indiana's Coretta Brown ('03) was active for the game but did not play (coach's decision). Brown has been rehabbing from offseason knee surgery and has played just 17 minutes in three games so far this season.


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