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)
1952–1954 Tonasket HS (WA)
1955–1962 North Central HS (WA)
1963–1967 Eastern Washington State
1968–1973 Hawaii
1974–1984 University HS (WA)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1963–1968 Eastern Washington State
Head coaching record
Overall 80–30–2 (college)
95–66–7 (high school)
Tournaments 1–1 (NAIA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Evergreen (1965–1967)

David L. Holmes (January 7, 1924 – August 25, 1999) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He was the head coach football coach at Eastern Washington State College—now known as 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 State 3–6
1964 Eastern Washington State 5–4
1965 Eastern Washington State 8–1 1st
1966 Eastern Washington State 7–1–1 1st
1967 Eastern Washington State 11–1 1st L NAIA Championship
Eastern Washington State: 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
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


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