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Holmes back home

Longtime Vikings coach Roger Holmes will head Barons boys' hoops program, where he starred at in 1970s.

May 27, 2010|By Mike Sciacca
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Roger Holmes is back in Baron blue.

More than that, he has returned home.

Holmes will now roam the sideline of a court where he once starred as a player, as he accepted the boys' basketball coaching position May 7 at his alma mater, Fountain Valley High.

The 50-year-old replaces Chris Gray.

In February, Holmes — the dean of Sunset League coaches — had announced that he was stepping down as coach of the boys' basketball team at Marina. He had been with the Vikings since 1994. While leading that program, his teams won three league championships and made several deep runs into the CIF playoffs, including a title-game appearance in 2004.

"It feels great being back at Fountain Valley High School," Holmes said. "I still know a number of people here and they have been very helpful. All of the coaches from the other sports have shown their support and have gone out of their way to offer any support they can."

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Holmes said he learned of the Fountain Valley opening through an old teammate.

"Chris (Gray) stepped down sometime around spring break," he said. "The Fountain Valley coaching job had come open four times while I was at Marina and I always thought that it would be fun to coach at my alma mater. I never seriously looked into it until this time."

Holmes said in February that his key decision to step down as Marina coach was to spend more time with his family. He wanted to be able to watch his son, Brendan, currently a senior at Marina, play next year at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, and be part of daughter Kayla's high school activities next fall when she enters Marina.

"Dominican's conference schedule (has) changed to a Thursday/Saturday format, making it possible for me to coach and be able to see Brendan's games," he explained. "That was one of the biggest factors in me deciding to look into this (Fountain Valley job). I was not, however, looking at any other job opening this year.

"I am sure I would have been involved in basketball coaching in some form over the next four years, and I certainly was not done with coaching for good."

Holmes, a 1978 graduate of Fountain Valley, was an All-Sunset League, All-CIF and 1978 All-American Honorable Mention forward for Coach Dave Brown. He still holds the school's single-season scoring record and never played in a losing Sunset League game in four years.

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