Thomas Allen Holmoe (born March 7, 1960) is an American college athletics administrator and former football player and coach. He is the athletic director at Brigham Young University (BYU), a position he has held since 2005. Holmoe played college football at BYU and then professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the San Francisco 49ers from 1983 to 1989. He served as the head football coach at the University of California, Berkeley from 1997 to 2001.
Tom Holmoe speaking at BYU in 2017
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|Born:||March 7, 1960|
Los Angeles, California
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||La Crescenta (CA) Valley|
|NFL Draft:||1983 / Round: 4 / Pick: 90|
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Holmoe starred in both basketball and football at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, California. He accepted a football scholarship to Brigham Young University, where he played as a cornerback and safety from 1978 to 1982. As a sophomore in 1980, he led the Western Athletic Conference with seven interceptions, and went on to earn all-WAC honors as a senior in 1982. The Cougars won the conference championship in each of his four seasons at the school.
Holmoe was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played seven seasons for the 49ers, winning Super Bowls with the team in 1984, 1988 and 1989, before retiring due to a knee injury.
After retiring from playing, Holmoe entered the coaching ranks, having been urged by LaVell Edwards to return to BYU as a graduate assistant. In 1992, Holmoe accepted an offer from Bill Walsh to join his staff at Stanford University as the defensive backs coach. Holmoe remained at Stanford for two seasons, helping the 1992 Stanford Cardinal football team become the Pacific-10 Conference champions with a 10–3 overall record, including a win over Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl.
Holmoe then returned to the 49ers, serving as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for two seasons, where he coached such players as Deion Sanders, Merton Hanks and Eric Davis. As defensive backfield coach, he won a fourth Super Bowl in 1994. In 1996, Holmoe joined the University of California, Berkeley staff as defensive coordinator under Steve Mariucci.
Following Mariucci's departure to the NFL in 1997, Holmoe was named his successor. Holmoe, by his own admission, was an unsuccessful coach. During his five-year tenure at Cal, he compiled a 16–39 record overall with a 9–31 mark in Pac-10 play. His final season, 2001, was the worst in the Golden Bears' history. Holmoe went 0–5 against rival Stanford and failed to reach a bowl game. Holmoe resigned at the end of the 2001 season.
Shortly afterward, the Bears were found guilty of major NCAA violations when it emerged that a professor retroactively added two football players to a class he had taught the previous spring in order to keep them eligible. Athletic department officials knew that the players were ineligible, but did not disclose it to anyone. As a result, the NCAA slapped Cal with five years' probation, stripped the Bears of their four victories from the 1999 season, banned them from postseason play in 2002 and took away nine scholarships over four years. When Jeff Tedford led the Bears to a 7–5 record in 2002, they were not allowed to play in a bowl game.
After resigning from Cal, Holmoe returned to Brigham Young to serve as associate athletic director. In March 2005, he was appointed the 12th athletic director of the University, and the first to oversee both men's and women's athletics. Under his leadership, the Cougars have achieved enormous success, winning 14 conference championships in the 2006–07 academic year alone.
Holmoe has had particular success with his two most conspicuous coaching hires, BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, who has led BYU's football team back to national prominence, and head men's basketball coach Dave Rose, who has returned BYU's men's basketball team to consistent Mountain West Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances.
Holmoe is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife Lori and their four children. Holmoe's brother Steve, a physical education teacher and assistant football coach at Glendale High School, was a strong safety at UCLA before sustaining a career-ending injury.
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*Cal finished 4–7 (3–5 in conference), but later vacated the wins due to use of ineligible players
Assistant coaches under Tom Holmoe who became NCAA head coaches:
The 1981 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 18 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the fourth edition of the Holiday Bowl. The Friday night game was the third of sixteen games in this bowl season and featured the 14th-ranked BYU Cougars, champions of the Western Athletic Conference, and the #20 Washington State Cougars of the Pac-10 Conference.
It was the fourth straight year in the Holiday Bowl for BYU, but the first bowl appearance in 51 years for Washington State, who used a two-quarterback system: junior Clete Casper was the passer and sophomore Ricky Turner the runner. BYU's quarterback was future Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, backed up by sophomore Steve Young, a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also a Super Bowl champion.1983 San Francisco 49ers season
The 1983 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 34th year with the National Football League. The team attempted to improve on its 3-6 record from 1982. The 49ers would start the season with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 22-17. However, the 49ers would continue to impress, as they throttled the Vikings the next week 48-17 and then the Cardinals the following week 42-27. They would end the first half of the season 6-2 before splitting their last eight games to finish the season 10-6 and clinching the NFC West. In the playoffs, the 49ers would come back to beat the Lions 24-23 after Joe Montana found Freddie Solomon in the end zone with 1:23 remaining. However, in the NFC Championship game, they were not able to outlast the top-seeded Redskins, as they lost 24-21 after Washington took the lead on a field goal.1986 San Francisco 49ers season
The 1986 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 37th year with the National Football League. The team returned to the top of the NFC West after a one-year absence, and lost the Divisional Playoffs to the Giants.
Joe Montana suffered a back injury in Week 1 and was lost for two months after surgery. Because the injury was so severe, doctors forced him to retire. However, Montana did return for Week 10 against the then-St. Louis Cardinals. Montana shared Comeback Player of the Year honors with Minnesota's Tommy Kramer at the end of the season.1997 California Golden Bears football team
The 1997 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their first year under head coach Tom Holmoe, the Golden Bears compiled a 3–8 record (1–7 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in ninth place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined score of 339 to 295. Home games were played at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California.
The team's statistical leaders included Justin Vedder with 2,718 passing yards, Tarik Smith with 636 rushing yards, and Bobby Shaw with 1,093 receiving yards.1998 California Golden Bears football team
The 1998 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their second year under head coach Tom Holmoe, the Golden Bears compiled a 5–6 record (3–5 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in seventh place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined score of 251 to 183.The team's statistical leaders included Justin Vedder with 2,322 passing yards, Marcus Fields with 734 rushing yards, and Dameane Douglas with 1,150 receiving yards.1999 California Golden Bears football team
The 1999 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their third year under head coach Tom Holmoe, the Golden Bears compiled a 4–7 record (3–5 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in a tie for sixth place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined score of 254 to 180.Cal was forced to vacate all four wins of the 1999 season for altering the grades of two players.The team's statistical leaders included Kyle Boller with 1,303 passing yards, Joe Igber with 694 rushing yards, and Michael Ainsworth with 499 receiving yards.2000 California Golden Bears football team
The 2000 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fourth year under head coach Tom Holmoe, the Golden Bears compiled a 3–8 record (2–6 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in last place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined score of 295 to 246.The team's statistical leaders included Kyle Boller with 2,121 passing yards, Joe Igber with 901 rushing yards, and Geoff McArthur with 336 receiving yards.2001 California Golden Bears football team
The 2001 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their fifth and final year under head coach Tom Holmoe, the Golden Bears compiled a 1–10 record (0–8 against Pac-10 opponents), finished in last place in the Pac-10, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined score of 431 to 201.The team's statistical leaders included Kyle Boller with 1,741 passing yards, Terrell Williams with 688 rushing yards, and Charon Arnold with 606 receiving yards.Following a loss to Arizona and an 0–8 start, Holmoe announced his resignation effective at the end of the season.Addison Kelly
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Tom Holmoe—championships, awards, and honors