The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) recently unveiled its Thirty Under 30 for the 2019-20 season, for which Howard University assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tamoria Holmes was among the honorees.
The program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement.
The announcement, presented by Marriott Bonvoy and Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment, was made March 18.
“Wow, I am extremely humbled by this recognition from the WBCA,” Holmes said. “This industry can be tough at times, but I am honored that my hard work and perseverance hasn’t gone unnoticed.”
In her third year, Holmes helped guide HU to its third winning season in the past four years with a 16-15 overall record. Along the way, Holmes saw guards Ayonna Williams (Washington) and Jayla Thornton (Newark, N.J.) earn Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Conference honors.
“I am extremely proud of Tamoria,” said Howard women’s basketball head coach Ty Grace. “She is a hard worker and loves the game. She instantly impacted the lives of our student-athletes.”
Holmes was a four-year letter winner and two-year captain for the Howard women’s basketball team from 2009-13. She helped guide the Bison to the MEAC tournament championship game three times in her collegiate career.
In the 2011-12 campaign, she was named to the All-MEAC First Team after leading the conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game. That same season, the All-HBCU All-America honoree led Howard to a 24-9 mark (14-2 MEAC) and WNIT berth.
“The WBCA is pleased to recognize up-and-coming talent in our coaching family,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These coaches have demonstrated eagerness, effectiveness, loyalty, love of the game, and a commitment to the student-athlete. We celebrate their effort on the basketball court as teachers and equally applaud the extensive role they play in impacting the lives of their student-athletes.”
The North Carolina native, a member of Howard’s 1,000-point club, earned her bachelor’s degree in health science in 2013.
“She is an up-and-coming coach in this business,” Grace said. “We are lucky to have her back at Howard, a place she accomplished so much as a student-athlete and now has an opportunity as a coach. She is a coach on the rise.”
This is the fifth year of the WBCA Thirty Under 30 program.