Heather Kahl Holmes Resigns as Head Volleyball Coach
Jan. 4, 2013
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Heather Kahl Holmes has resigned as head coach of the Wake Forest volleyball program.
"Wake Forest has been my home close to 13 years, and it is with an incredibly heavy heart that I have decided to step down as head coach in order to focus my energies on my health and my family," said Holmes.
In the summer of 2012, Holmes was diagnosed with breast cancer and received treatment throughout this past season while continuing to coach the team.
"Wake Forest and volleyball played an integral part in my successful battle against breast cancer," commented Holmes. "I was able to get through one of the most difficult events in my life because of the love and support from my Wake Forest family. My family and I will forever think of Wake Forest as our home."
Holmes amassed 108 wins in eight seasons as head coach for the Demon Deacons which is the most of any coach in Wake Forest volleyball history. Before being named the ninth head coach in school history in 2005, she served as an assistant for five seasons. In 2010, she guided the team to a 19-12 overall record and a program-best 11-9 mark in conference play. For her career, Holmes won 66 matches in the ACC.
"It has truly been a pleasure to work with Heather," said senior associate athletic director Barbara Walker. "We have watched her grow from a young energetic assistant coach to a dynamic head coach who has worked relentlessly to make Wake Forest volleyball a program that we are all very proud to be associated with. We will miss seeing her every day and wish Heather, Michael and Landon the very best."
"I want to thank Barbara Walker and athletic director Ron Wellman for believing in me eight years ago when they hired me as the head coach," said Holmes. "Thank you for your endless support, your guidance and trust in me. It was a blessing to be able to work in an athletic and academic environment year in and year out surrounded by elite coaches, players, staff, administration and faculty. My Wake Forest family is one of a kind."
Throughout her tenure at Wake Forest, Holmes coached several standout players including All-America honoree Natalie Mullikin and academic All-America first team selection Andrea Beck. Both players rank among the top players in Wake Forest volleyball history.
In all, Holmes coached three honorable mention All-Americans, one academic All-American, three All-Region selections, 13 All-ACC players, one ACC Player of the Year, three AVCA All-District team members and one ACC Rookie of the Year.
A national search for Wake Forest's new head coach will begin immediately.