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NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State Athletics Department announced today that Larry Holmes has been named the head coach of the men's and women's tennis programs.

Holmes arrives at NSU after serving as a volunteer assistant with the Virginia Tech women's program the past year. He also held head coaching positions at Bethany College and Benedictine University. nsu larry holmesHolmes

"We are excited to welcome Larry to the Spartan family to serve as the head coach for our men's and women's programs," said NSU Athletics Director Melody Webb. "He brings a wealth of experience from various levels of tennis with his most recent stint at Virginia Tech. As a graduate of Johnson C. Smith, his knowledge of the HBCU landscape will prove valuable as he elevates our tennis programs both on and off the court."

Since the fall of 2019, Holmes served as a volunteer assistant at Virginia Tech. He helped the Hokies finish 7-7 in the spring of 2020 before the season was cut short due to COVID-19. They ranked as high as No. 35 in the country, and he helped the program bring in the No. 13 ranked recruiting class for 2020 according to TennisRecruiting.net.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech's staff, he spent the 2018-19 season as the interim men's and women's head coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Freshman Raul Rivero-Eggers was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Freshman of the Year and the ITA Rookie of the Year in the NAIA Central Region during Holmes' season in charge. Rivero-Eggers ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

Holmes was also the head coach at Benedictine University in Arizona from 2014-16. He was responsible for recruiting players for Benedictine's inaugural season in both men's and women's tennis.

~NSU Sports Information

 

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