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James Holder
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Princeton
Graduating Year: 2000
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 603-646-3433

April, 2016

James Holder was named head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs in April of 2016. 

A 2000 graduate of Princeton, Holder just completed his sixth season at the helm of the Georgetown men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. 

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.