Tammy Holder coached three seasons on her third stint on the South Carolina bench and was an instrumental figure in the team's three consecutive postseason appearances.
Holder, who was heavily involved in the scouting of opponents and game preparation, helped the Gamecocks to lead the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots, total rebounds and rebounding margin in 2006-07. Carolina ranked second in the league in field goal percentage defense and steals. The 2007-08 team was in the league's top five in all but one of those categories as well. Her efforts contributed to the Gamecocks' nine-game improvement in 2005-06, which lifted Carolina from an 8-21 team the year prior to her arrival to a 17-12 team that competed in the Women's NIT during her first year.
Holder served as an assistant coach on the Gamecock staff for two separate spans prior to her most recent tenure. Holder helped Carolina to a pair of Metro Conference championships and NCAA appearances while serving as an assistant coach on Nancy Wilson's staff from 1984 to 1988 and spent a year coaching under Susan Walvius in 1999-2000. Holder's time at South Carolina has been marked by success, as the Gamecocks have posted winning records six of the seven seasons in which Holder has been part of the coaching staff.
Before returning to South Carolina in 2005, Holder spent the previous three years as the head coach at Cal State Northridge, where she was hired in April 2002 and dramatically turned around the program. After the team posted a 5-49 record the two years prior, she led the Matadors to an 18-11 record in 2004-05 and the school's first appearance in the conference tournament in five years. She was recognized as the Big West Coach of the Year for her effort.
Prior to her second stint at Carolina, Holder served as the head coach of the Seattle Reign of the now-defunct ABL from 1997 to 1998, compiling a 17-15 record before the league folded. She was the general manager of the ABL's Richmond Rage from 1996 to 1997 and stayed with the franchise as the assistant general manager/game operations director when it moved to Philadelphia in 1997. With Holder serving as the team's general manager, Richmond won the 1997 ABL Eastern Conference championship and played in the 1997 ABL Finals.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Holder was the head coach at the University of Richmond from 1991 to 1996, where she compiled a 71-67 record. Her first head coaching job came at USC-Spartanburg, where she led the program from 1988-91 and was recognized as the Peach Belt Coach of the Year in 1990-91 after guiding the Spartans to an 18-10 record. She finished her time at USC-Spartanburg with a 50-33 overall record.
After graduating from William and Mary in 1980 with a degree in physical education, Holder spent the first eight years of her career as an assistant coach, serving on the staff at the University of Richmond from 1980 to 1984 and on Wilson's staff at South Carolina. While coaching at Richmond, Holder earned her master's degree in health and physical education in 1982 and also served as a teacher at Falling Creek Middle School from 1982 to 1984.
Holder was a four-year letterwinner at William and Mary in both basketball and tennis and finished her career ranking in the school's top-20 in both scoring and rebounding and also ranked fourth in free throw percentage, 14th in assists and 10th in blocked shots.
The Holder CapsuleCoaching Experience
South Carolina, assistant coach, 2005-08
Cal State Northridge, head coach, 2002-05
South Carolina, assistant coach, 1999-2000
Seattle Reign (ABL), head coach, 1997-98
Philadelphia Rage (ABL), assistant general manager, 1997
Richmond Rage (ABL), general manager, 1996-97
USC-Spartanburg, head coach, 1988-91
South Carolina, assistant coach, 1984-88
University of Richmond, assistant coach, 1980-84
William & Mary, 1976-80