Aug. 7, 2012
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By Eric DeSalvo
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF head volleyball coach Todd Dagenais announced Tuesday the addition of Nicki Holmes to his coaching staff. Holmes, who volunteered last year at Stetson, will be responsible for the setters among other duties on the bench with Dagenais and assistant head coach Michelle Chatman.
"I have worked with Nicki for the past several years in the USA Volleyball national pipeline," Dagenais said. "The discipline and the efficiency that he has acquired as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy has already had an immediate and noticeable impact on our day-to-day operations.
"He is extremely well-respected by other coaches and extremely well-liked by the players he has coached," Dagenais added. "He has an amazing eye to look at something and determine an exact pathway to make it better and more efficient."
While on staff with the Hatters, Holmes served as the recruiting coordinator and participated in the coordination of video analysis as well as statistical analysis and gameday planning. While assisting with the indoor program, Holmes also aided the inaugural sand volleyball team this past spring.
Prior to arriving in DeLand, Holmes began working with USA Volleyball in 2006 and has served in a multitude of capacities. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach for the Youth A2 Program at the High Performance Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Holmes was also a head coach for the Future Select A2 Program in Colorado Springs, Colo., this summer.
Outside of volleyball, Holmes boasts an impressive resume in the private sector, having worked as a senior engineering manager while earning his MBA from Vanderbilt in 2011. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1998, Holmes served as an officer for seven years and was hand-selected to the premier space unit in the United States Military.
Holmes and his wife of three years, Angel, currently reside in DeLand.
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