FLORENCE, S.C. – First-year Francis Marion University men’s basketball head coach Gary Edwards has announced two appointments to his staff. Jonathan Holmes, of Bloomington, Ind., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, has joined the Patriot staff as an assistant coach, while former FMU player Jarron Hinton of Lima, Ohio, has been added as a volunteer assistant coach.
Holmes, 26, replaces Adam Collins, who left after only one month on the job to accept an assistant’s position at NCAA Division I UNC Wilmington. Holmes’ primary responsibilities will include recruiting, on-floor coaching, individual player workouts, pre- and post-season workouts, and helping in the area of academic support for team members.
Holmes comes to FMU after spending one year as an assistant coach at Montreat College, during which the Cavaliers compiled a 22-10 mark, won the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and reached the second round of the NAIA Division II national tournament.
Holmes is a 2003 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a four-year member of the Tar Heel basketball squad. He played in 76 career games and recorded a nearly two-to-one assists to turnovers ratio. He appeared in the 2000 Final Four against the University of Florida and in the 2003 NIT post-season tournament. He was named to the 2003 ACC All-Academic Team.
After graduating from UNC, he played professional basketball for two seasons: 2003-04 with the Leicester (England) Riders and 2004-05 with the IC Horsens (Denmark) squad.
He has worked as a counselor at each of the past seven North Carolina Men’s Basketball Camps, as well as at his own Jonathan Holmes Basketball Camp in Bloomington, which started in 2002.
He was co-valedictorian at Bloomington South High School, and was the runner-up for Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1999. He left as that school’s all-time leader in points, assists, games started, and free throw percentage. He was also the recipient of the John Wooden Citizenship Award in 1999 and was named a Nike High School All-American in the summer of 1998.
“Jonathan is an outstanding young coach with a bright future in this profession,” Edwards said. “As a standout student and athlete in Indiana, and later as a co-captain for the University of North Carolina, he has established a record of extraordinary performance. I feel very fortunate to have him as a part of our staff, and he will play a vital role in building this program.”
Hinton played for the Patriots during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 assists per game with a school-record 66 steals as a senior, while helping lead FMU to a 27-4 record and an appearance in the round of Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. His two-year total of 309 assists stands fourth on the Patriot career list.
“Jarron was a leader and an outstanding player on one of Francis Marion’s finest squads,” Edwards said. “He understands what it takes to be successful here, and he will play an important role in passing on that knowledge to our current and future players.”
FMU returns six lettermen from last season’s 12-16 squad that placed eighth in the Peach Belt Conference.