A former Wake Forest pitcher himself, Michael Holmes enters his third year on the Wake Forest baseball staff, his second season as the team?s pitching coach.
In his first year as pitching coach, the Deacons held opponents to a .264 batting average, the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Two Wake Forest pitchers earned All-America status including Kyle Sleeth and Dave Bush, the second round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Holmes also in charge of monitoring the academic progress of the baseball team. During his time at Wake Forest, Holmes was an ACC Honor Roll student.
Holmes rejoined the Demon Deacons in January 2001 after a four-year career in the Oakland A?s system. Holmes was a four-year standout pitcher for the Demon Deacons from 1994-97 and was named the team?s most valuable player in 1996 as a junior.
?I am honored to have Michael Holmes as pitching coach,? head coach George Greer said. ?He is an outstanding teacher, motivator and has professional experience which we needed in our program as many of our pitchers have been high draft picks. To have one of your own come back to coach with you is a thrill of a lifetime.?
Holmes played four seasons in the Oakland organization with stops at Southern Oregon, Visalia and Modesto. In 1998, he was named a California League All-Star while playing for Visalia and that season, he was named ?Best Control Pitcher? in Single-A by Baseball America.
Holmes was a two-time recipient of the Dave Stewart Community Service Award.
The Greensboro, N.C., native was drafted as a junior in the 23rd round by the Chicago White Sox. Holmes returned for his senior season and was picked up in the 18th round by Oakland.
Holmes finished his Wake Forest career with an 11-7 record and threw seven complete games. As a sophomore, he led the team in ERA and complete games. As a junior, he posted a team-high in wins.
During his season senior, Holmes was selected team captain.
As a four-year letterwinner for the Deacons, Holmes was active in the community as a member of the Athletes Care Team and the Wake Forest Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Holmes serves as a director and instructor at the Wake Forest baseball camp each year and has also worked various camps around the country.
Holmes pitched in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1995 as a member of the Chatham A?s. In the summer of 2001, Holmes returned to the Cape as the pitching coach for Brewster where he guided some of the best young pitchers in college baseball.
?Our goal is to develop pitchers not only physically, fundamentally and mechanically, but also mentally,? Holmes said. ?We want our pitchers to throw strikes, get ahead and get outs.?
?I?m proud to be a part of not only Wake Forest baseball, but Wake Forest University,? Holmes said. ?Wake Forest attracts a special kind of person to its campus -- the kind of person who is committed to education and committed to becoming a better person, in addition to a better baseball player.?
THE HOLMES FILE
As An Assistant Coach
Year School 2001 Wake Forest Volunteer Assistant 2002 Wake Forest Pitching CoachPlaying History
Oakland A?s Organization, 1997-2000
Wake Forest, 1994-97
Wake Forest, 1997
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