March 1, 2005
(SAN DIEGO, CA) -- The CollegeInsider.com Conference Coach of the Year and Most Valuable Players were announced today and USD head men's basketball coach Brad Holland was selected the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. The WCC MVP award went to Saint Mary's forward Daniel Kickert. Holland, who is completing his 11th season at Alcala Park, turned USD's fortunes around by finishing the regular-season 15-12 overall and 7-7 in WCC play, good for a share of third place with Santa Clara. In the WCC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Toreros were picked to finish 6th. San Diego heads to the upcoming WCC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will play on Saturday, March 6th, at 5:30 p.m. against the winner from the LMU-Pepperdine 1st round contest.
The Toreros, who played five of their first seven WCC games on the road, were sitting at 2-5 at the midway point. San Diego finished out the second half of WCC play with a 5-2 mark with their only losses to No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Saint Mary's. Holland's 69-61 home victory over San Francisco on February 9th was his 161st career USD victory, making him the program's all-time winningest coach. He has guided USD to 107 wins over the past six-plus seasons, including a personal-best 20 win campaign in 1999-2000. A two-time WCC Coach of the Year (1999 & 2000), Holland has assured himself his 7th winning season and 9th campaign with a .500 or better mark. Including this season, he has tallied six winning campaigns over the last seven seasons.
Two seasons ago he directed the Toreros to an overall 18-12 record and 2nd place finish in the WCC at 10-4. USD won its first WCC Tournament title and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 years. Holland's USD career mark prior to this Saturday's game is 163-149; including two years at CS Fullerton, his overall coaching record is 186-180.
Holland, who played four years at UCLA (1976-79), was the 14th player taken in the 1st round of the 1979 NBA draft by the LA Lakers. He was a member of the 1980 NBA L.A. Lakers championship team. Brad and his wife Leslie, who reside in Carlsbad, have three children: twin daughters Kristin and Lisa, seniors at USD, and a 12-year-old son, Kyle.