Steve Holeman has been named Lamar University soccer coach announced LU Director of Athletics Jason Henderson Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Holeman becomes the fourth head coach in program history. A coaching veteran of 22 years, Holeman has more than 200 career wins to his credit, and takes over a Cardinals’ program that went 8-11-1 last season, and hasn’t advanced to the Southland Conference Championships since 2012.
“Throughout this whole process, the thing that really stood out to me was his plan of how he would approach the job, and his style of play,” said Henderson. “Based on his ties to the club system and development programs, he brings a strong recruiting foundation with him to Beaumont.
“He has coached at the highest levels of NCAA Division I soccer. That is where he wants the program to go. Steve is the best fit for Lamar University,” added Henderson.
Holeman’s career has been spent in the Southeastern Conference, including two programs he started from the ground up. He arrives in the Golden Triangle after spending five seasons in Athens, Ga., where he recorded a 53-39-11 (.568) overall record, and guided the Bulldogs to two NCAA tournament appearances.
During his time with the Bulldogs, he guided Georgia to four 10-win seasons, four top-50 RPI rankings – including a No. 14 national ranking in 2014, coached 14 All-SEC selections, 10 all-region honorees and one All-American. Holeman’s athletes also got the job done in the classroom earning 54 SEC Academic Honor Roll selections. Holeman closed out his time in Georgia by bringing in two of the nation’s top recruiting classes. His 2013 signing class was ranked 10th nationally, and he followed that up by bringing in nation’s 11th-best class (tops in the SEC) the very next season.
Holeman took the job at Georgia after 16 seasons at Mississippi where he was the first soccer coach in Rebels’ history. During his time in Oxford, the Rebels posted a 158-119-28 (.564) overall record, which included four NCAA Championship appearances and three SEC Western Division titles. Ole Miss made 13-straight SEC tournament appearances under Holeman’s guidance and had 30 players named all-conference, including two freshmen of the year.
During his final five seasons at Ole Miss, Holeman posted a 19-1-5 (.860) record against SEC West Division foes, and recorded the league’s fourth-best winning percentage (in SEC only games) during that time.
Holeman also started the program at Auburn. He was hired by the Tigers in 1993 and guided the program to an above .500 record (7-6-3) in his first season.
“First of all, I’m excited to get started at Lamar University,” said Holeman. “I also want to say thank you to Jason Henderson and Helene Thill for having the confidence in me to lead this program. Lamar has a strong combination of academic excellence and athletic facilities, which provides great potential for positive things to happen. In addition, I have family in Houston, so this was a great fit for me and my family.”
A four-year letterwinner at Wake Forest during his playing career, Holeman guided the Demon Deacons to the 1989 ACC Championship. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest in May 1990. He earned his master’s degree from Auburn in June 1993. Holeman, and his wife, Julie, have two children, Anna Mae (11) and Robert “Bo” (6).