Phyllis Holmes

Class of 2001

  • Has been involved with the sport of basketball as a player, coach, administrator, and official
  • Served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1988-89, marking the first time that a woman was selected to head a national body which governed both men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics
  • Coordinated the first NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship, setting the foundation for the tournament which has grown from a field of eight teams to 32 teams
  • Coaches award presented annually to the championship coach at the NAIA Tourney is named in her honor
  • Served as a coach and administrator at Greenville College, her alma mater, for 24 years
  • Has been actively involved with USA Basketball, serving as an assistant coach and manager for a variety of U.S. teams in international competition, including the 1981 World University Games and 1983 Pan American Games and World Championships
  • Was instrumental in the formation of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Has served on numerous committees, including Kodak All-America, Wade Trophy, AIAW and NCAA Rules Committees
  • Received the First Lady Award from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union