James Holder is entering his second season as head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2017-18.
In 2016-17, the Big Green men won the Dartmouth Invitational by defeating UMass over the course of the two-day meet. At the 2017 Ivy League Championship, Dartmouth took seventh with 561 points and was highlighted by David Harmon breaking his own school record in the 100 fly. At the conclusion of the season, Joby Bernstein was named Academic All-Ivy.
The Big Green women's team also won the Dartmouth Invitational, easily defeating the Minutewomen. Dartmouth placed eighth at the 2017 Ivy Championship with 358 points and were highlighted by AnnClaire MacArt's finishes in the 500 and 1650 free. Amy Sun was named Academic All-Ivy at the end of the year.
A 2000 graduate of Princeton, Holder completed six seasons at the helm of the Georgetown men's and women's swimming and diving teams before arriving in Hanover.
During his time at Georgetown, Holder guided his student-athletes to over 60 school records and 56 All-Big East selections. In 2014-15, he was named the Big East Men's Co-Coach of the Year, while also earning Georgetown's Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award. That season, he helped lead Molly Fitzpatrick to a U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 200 breast, becoming the first swimmer in program history to qualify for the event.
Prior to his appointment with the Hoyas, Holder spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Princeton, his alma mater. While with the Tigers, he was part of four Ivy League Championships and coached nine NCAA qualifiers and eight All-Americans. While in New Jersey, Holder worked primarily with the sprint, middle distance and stroke groups, developing workouts that also included strength and aerobic conditioning.
Holder was a two-time All-Ivy League swimmer at Princeton, setting a school record in the 400 free and being named captain as a senior. He graduated with a degree in history.