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Nicki Holmes begins his third season in 2014 as an assistant coach at UCF. He will be responsible for the setters among other duties on the bench with head coach Todd Dagenais and assistant head coach Michelle Chatman.
In his second season coaching UCF's setters, Holmes guided Marie Reiterova to a career-best 1,173 assists. Reiterova also led the American Athletic Conference with 11.39 assists per set and had a career-high 13 double-doubles. Her efforts allowed her to earn All-American Conference second team honors.
In his first season working directly with the Knights' setters, Holmes helped Reiterova set a new school record by earning Conference USA Setter of the Week three times. Reiterova dished out 1035 assists on the year and was joined by true freshman Dana Faught who handed out 270 of her own as UCF experimented with a 6-2 formation
Holmes most recently served as a volunteer assistant at Stetson during the 2011-12 season. While on staff with the Hatters, he 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.