Tamoria Holmes head shot

Women’s basketball head coach Kim McNeil announced on June 14 that Tamoria Holmes from Howard University will join the Pirates coaching staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. 

Holmes will join the Pirates from Howard University where she both played college basketball and also served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four years. In her collegiate career, the North Carolina native spent her first two years at Chowan University before she served as Howards’ captain for two years.

“Bringing Tamoria (Holmes) back to her home state of North Carolina is exciting for her and a plus for our program with her connections with in-state coaches and players,” McNeil said. 

At Chowan, she helped lead the Hawks to two of the best seasons in the school’s history, according to ecupirates.com. She also helped to tutor her fellow teammates which led to three of them earning All-Conference honors.

At Howard, she was present the three times the Bisons went to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championships. In her 2011-12 season, she led the league with 18.3 points per game. Holmes graduated from Howard as a second-team All-HBCU All-American and was part of the school’s 1,000 point club. 

Holmes helped lead Norfolk State University to a .500 record for the first time in history when she worked as assistant coach. While coaching at Howard, she was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 in 2020 and helped lead 11 Bison players to postseason honors. 

“She’s an up-and-coming assistant coach that can do a lot of different things. She will serve as our recruiting coordinator and also work with our guards,” Mcneil said. “Tamoria is a great person who will be supportive and a mentor for our young women on the court and in life.” 

As student-athletes begin to return to campus, this month the team will be able to begin pre-season workouts with a new assistant coach that will hopefully help lead the Pirates to more victories this upcoming season. As workouts begin, The East Carolinian will stay updated on players, coaches and games.

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