Highlights of Jim Holwerda Education, Coach/Athletic Director
2014 SD High School Coaches Assn. Hall of Shrine Award
The South Dakota High School Coaches Association will present Jim Holwerda with the Hall of Shrine award. This award is given to coaches who have excelled in their field over the years. Jim was the head girls coach when his daughter Kris was playing for the Brookings Lady Bobcats. Kris gives all the credit to her dad for her success on and off the court. Jim, the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame wants to congratulate you for all the lofty goals you have reached in your career.
I. Kansas State University, 1955-1959, member of Big Eight Conference
Received BS, 1959 – MS in 1964
Played Varsity Basketball and Tennis at KSU
Big 8 Champs in Basketball 3 of 4 years
Rated #1 and #4 nationally in Final AP poll and UPI rankings -Basketball
Participated in National Basketball Final Four in 1958
Received Team Free Throw Trophy Senior year – 92% shooting
II. Yankton College Greyhounds, 1965-1973
Basketball Coach -1965-66 – Finished 12 & 12
(Due to time of hiring, did not do any recruiting.)
1966-67 – Conference Champions, 19-7
1967-68 – Conference Champions, 21-7
1968-69 – Conference Champions, 24-4
At this time, it was best record at YC in history in won/loss for a season.
Also won District and attended National NAIA Tournament in KC.
1969-70 – Second in Conference – 18-9
(Total won/loss record 94-39 (70 plus %) )
Voted NAIA District 12 Basketball Coach of the Year–1969
During coaching at YC, 16 players received All Conference , All District, or
All Am. Honors.
Besides being basketball coach, also helped in football and coached baseball.
Became Chief Popcorn Popper while serving as Athletic Director, Professor in
Physical Education, and Head,of Phys. Ed Dept.
III. Brookings, SD High School Athletic Director & Coach, 1973-1992
Started Girls Basketball program and coached, 1975-1989
Two consecutive undefeated seasons, 1984, 1985
Two consecutive State Championships, 1984, 1985
Voted #5 and #3 in final national USA Today’s Girls H.S. Basketball poll, ‘84
Received Nat’l Girls Basketball Coach of the Year, USA Today, 1985
Coached Boys Varsity Basketball at BHS, 1979-80, 1980-81
High School basketball coaching produced:
All-State Tournament—10 players
All-State selection——-19 players
National H.S. “Basketball All-American” – 3 players
National H.S. Prep All-American Girl Athlete – 2 players
National H.S. Academic All-American Girl Athlete – 2 players
Street & Smith National All-American – 2 players
Total H.S. players coached who played College Basketball -15 players
South Dakota “Miss Basketball” winners – 2 players
IV. Awards won during and post-career
USA Today National Girls BB “Coach of the Year”, 1985
South Dakota H.S. Girls Basketball “Coach of the Year”
South Dakota H.S. “Athletic Director of the Year”
S.D. Girls Athletic Leadership Award by SDHSAA, 2004
S.D. Coaches Association Hall of Fame
SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award
SD Sportswriters Girls Basketball Coach of the Year
SD Sportswriters Girls Basketball Team of the Year
SD Sportswriters Girls Tennis Team of the Year
SD Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association “Hall of Fame”
Brookings High School Athletic Hall of Fame
South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame
Total basketball coaching record – 328/138
Initiated the introduction of the smaller ball for girls basketball.
First used in Brookings Middle School BB, then adopted by
S.D. Activities Association for use on the high school level.
Later adopted nationally as “THE” ball used today at both the
High school and college level!
Finally, what has meant the most to me through these years is the association with all of the friends, tremendous athletes, and all the coaches I have worked with! The fans and administrations at my first job in Turner High School, Kansas, and then right on to Yankton and Brookings were all excellent and supportive. I retired to Arkansas in 1992 at age 55. Now at 76 I am very blessed to enjoy golf and tennis each week.Besides, Lu and I have been married for 55 years, and we love our three children, their spouses, and 8 grandchildren. God is good.