Simpson University’s Holcomb Named Conference and Regional Coach of the Year
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Longtime Redding-area basketball coach Jim Holcomb has been named Coach of the Year for both the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) West.
Holcomb led the Simpson University men’s basketball team to an 8-2 conference season and a second straight appearance in the Cal Pac championship game.
“This season marked a major turnaround for Simpson,” said Cal Pac Commissioner Don Ott. “Coach Holcomb changed the tone this season, leading the team to a winning record and falling just short of the league title. And he did it with character and grace. His players work hard and reflect well on the school. His coaching peers recognized what a significant accomplishment that was, and honored him for it. The award is well-deserved.”
Holcomb received the award based on a voting process that includes coaches from the other Cal Pac schools (Cal Maritime University, UC Merced, Pacific Union College, La Sierra University, and Menlo College).
Under Holcomb’s leadership this season, the Red Hawks had a 19-17 overall record and won the NCCAA Division I West Regional championship for the first time in school history. They competed in the NCCAA national tournament in Indiana in mid-March and finished seventh out of eight teams.
Holcomb was voted NCCAA West Region Coach of the Year by the coaches from Fresno Pacific University, New Hope Christian University, and Bethesda University of California.
It was Holcomb’s second season as head coach of the Red Hawks. In addition to his coaching duties, he has also served as interim athletic director, overseeing the university’s 12 athletic programs.
“Although the interim A.D. position has been a big commitment for a head coach to undertake, he still has given his all in both positions, as well as stayed committed, positive, and led us to a successful basketball season,” said senior men’s basketball player Ian Corella. “Through all the ups and downs, he has maintained his Christ-centered focus and hard-work mentality.”
Before coming to Simpson as head coach in June 2013, Holcomb was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Shasta College (2008-2011), head coach for Anderson High School’s boys team (2003-2008), and an assistant basketball coach at Simpson from 1999-2003.
He is also an alumnus of Simpson University, earning a degree in organizational leadership through the School of Adult Studies and a master’s degree in education through the School of Education.
Holcomb and his wife, Jeanette, have lived in Redding for 13 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
(Bottom Right) Photo by Katie Lenik / Coach Jim Holcomb celebrates at the net after the men’s basketball team defeated Bethesda University in an NCCAA Division I West Regional championship game this spring.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations