Dave Holmes (American football)

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Dave Holmes
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1924-01-07)January 7, 1924
Died August 25, 1999(1999-08-25) (aged 75)
near Avery, Idaho
Playing career
1940s Whitworth
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Tonasket HS (WA)
North Central HS (WA)
Eastern Washington
University HS (WA)
Head coaching record
Overall 80–30–2 (college)
95–66–7 (high school)
Tournaments 1–1 (NAIA playoffs)
College Football Data Warehouse

David L. "Dave" Holmes (January 7, 1924 – August 25, 1999) was an American football player and coach. He was the head coach at Eastern Washington State College, now Eastern Washington University, from 1963 to 1967, where his record was 34–13–1. Holmes then went on to the University of Hawaii (1968–1973), where he still holds the record for highest career winning percentage (.718). Under Holmes, Hawaii never had a losing season. Holmes was a graduate of Tonasket High School and Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Holmes began and ended his head coaching career as a high school coach in Spokane. Prior to his tenure at Eastern Washington, he was the head coach at North Central High School, where he compiled a 35–28–4 record. Holmes finished his coaching career at University High School. His record at University was 60–38–3 from 1974 to 1984. His career prep record was 95–66–7. Holmes died on August 25, 1999 at the age of 75 of an apparent heart attack while fly fishing in Northern Idaho.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Washington State Savages (Evergreen Conference) (1963–1967)
1963 Eastern Washington 3–6
1964 Eastern Washington 5–4
1965 Eastern Washington 8–1
1966 Eastern Washington 7–1–1
1967 Eastern Washington 11–1 L NAIA Championship
Eastern Washington: 34–13–1
Hawaii Rainbows (Independent) (1968–1973)
1968 Hawaii 7–3
1969 Hawaii 6–3–1
1970 Hawaii 9–2
1971 Hawaii 7–4
1972 Hawaii 8–3
1973 Hawaii 9–2
Hawaii: 46–17–1
Total: 80–30–2


  1. ^ "Former Coach Holmes Dies". The Ledger. August 27, 1999. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 

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