San Diego looking for third straight win to open up 2017-18 campaign
Isaiah Wright leads way with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
Senior Brett Bailey among top WCC scorers and rebounders
USD has won three straight home games
San Diego riding 5-game winning streak heading into league play
This past season he led the Toreros to an 18-12 overall mark and semi-final appearance in the West Coast Conference Tournament. Senior Nick Lewis was named First Team All-WCC while senior forward Corey Belser was tabbed the WCC Defender of the Year and National Defender of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
In 2004-05 he directed the Toreros to a 16-13 overall mark and 3rd place finish in the competitive West Coast Conference. USD tallied the biggest turnaround in Division I basketball for wins with an improvement of 12 victories. With the team's 69-61 home win over San Francisco on February 9th, Holland notched his 161st career USD victory to become the program's all-time winningest coach. CollegeInsider.com tabbed Holland as the 2004-05 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Seniors Brandon Gay and Brice Vounang were both named to the NABC District 15 Second Team.
In 2002-03 he guided USD to an impressive 18-12 mark; to the 2003 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship title; and to the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in sixteen years. That season was highlighted early on by the team's 86-81 overtime win at UCLA. The Toreros would go on to tally a 10-4 2nd place finish in the WCC standings. With the 2nd place mark the Toreros earned a double-bye into the WCC Tournament semifinals; they knocked off San Francisco in the semi-final, then beat Gonzaga in front of a national TV audience in the title game to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They gave the Stanford Cardinal a battle before falling 77-69 in NCAA 1st round action. Senior center Jason Keep became the program's first ever 1st Team NABC District 15 selection
Four seasons ago, for the second straight year, Holland guided the Toreros to a 16-13 mark and a semifinal appearance in the West Coast Conference Championships. The Toreros earned quality nonconference wins over UC Irvine and San Diego State (4th straight year), along with key WCC wins over Santa Clara (on the road) and San Francisco (twice). Senior guard Andre Laws became the first Torero since 1987 to earn NABC District 15 honors (2nd Team).
Six seasons ago he guided the Toreros to a 20-9 overall mark and 10-4 WCC finish. The 20 wins and 10 WCC victories were the school's most since the 1987 season. For his efforts, Holland was named the WCC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second straight season. The Toreros won seven of their final ten games to finish strong again, a trait of Holland coached teams. The season was highlighted by WCC wins at Gonzaga (82-70), and at home over WCC champion Pepperdine (73-62). The Toreros finished 11-2 at home, and were 9-7 on the road, including an excellent 5-2 WCC road mark.
He earned his first WCC Coach of the Year honor during the 1998-99 campaign when he directed USD to an 18-9 record and a second place finish in the West Coast Conference race (9-5). Highlights from the 1998-99 squad included the team's victory over Texas in the Torero Tip-Off, and the team's upset over then No. 25-ranked Gonzaga (75-59). In 1997-98 Holland guided USD to a 14-14 overall record and a third straight semifinal appearance in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Toreros won five of their final eight contests and earned solid victories over WCC champion Gonzaga, and two wins over WCC runner-up Pepperdine.
Holland owns a twelve-year mark of 182-162 at USD -- including his two-year stint at Cal State Fullerton, his career coaching record sits at 205-193. During his USD tenure he owns ten seasons with .500 or better records.
In 1996-97 he directed the Toreros to a 17-11 record; the 17 wins were a personal-best for Holland in six years as a collegiate head coach. The Toreros advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament after defeating Gonzaga in the opener. They finished the season on a strong note, winning seven of their final nine. Included in the team's 17 victories were solid nonconference wins against San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. Although they came up short, the Toreros played Kansas to seven points in Lawrence (72-79) and Stanford to two (70-72) at the San Diego Sports Arena.
The 1995-96 club, hit with a variety of injuries throughout the year, finished strong and ended the year at 14-14. In his first year at USD Brad guided the Toreros to an 11-16 overall record and a fifth place finish in the West Coast Conference. The season was highlighted early-on when the Toreros downed visiting Notre Dame, 90-76, on December 3rd before 6,522 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena.
Prior to USD Holland won rave reviews for the manner in which he revitalized the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball program. During the 1992-93 season, his first as a head coach, theTitans finished 15-12 and posted the school's first winning record in four years while going 10-8 in the Big West Conference. Along the way they beat every team in the conference except New Mexico State, capping the year with an exciting one-point home victory over nationally ranked UNLV. His 1993-94 team, which lost three players to season-ending injuries prior to the start of the season, finished 8-19 overall and eighth in Big West play. They did have some memorable victories -- they won at Nevada and UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome; they won for the third year in a row at UC Irvine; and they knocked off UNLV with a 84-75 victory at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Prior to his appointment at Cal State Fullerton, Holland was an assistant coach on Jim Harrick's staff at UCLA from August, 1988 to March, 1992. He helped the Bruins return to national prominence while compiling a 93-35 record that took them to four NCAA tournaments. Success as a head coach is merely the latest positive mark Holland has made on Southern California basketball. He was a basketball and football star at Crescenta Valley High School. He was a four-year basketball letterman at UCLA and played with the Los Angeles Lakers and two other National Basketball Association teams before retiring in 1982 due to a knee injury. He entered private business and also was a broadcaster for Prime Ticket from 1985 to 1988.
Holland was the last player recruited by Coach John Wooden and became a part of four Pac-10 championship teams at UCLA from 1976 to 1979, two under Coach Gene Bartow and two under Coach Gary Cunningham. The Bruins went 102-17 during Hollands's playing career and he was honorable mention All-America and second-team Academic All-America as a senior. That year he averaged 17.5 points and 4.8 assists and had a .598 field goal percentage, the best ever by a Bruin guard. He graduated in 1979 from UCLA with a B.A.degree in Sociology.
The Lakers drafted Holland in 1979, the 14th player taken in the first round, and went on to win the 1980 NBA championship. The rookie guard scored eight points in the decisive sixth game at Philadelphia. He finished his playing career in 1981-82 with Washington and Milwaukee. Holland and his wife, Leslie, reside in Carlsbad. They have three children -- twins Kristin and Lisa, seniors at USD, and a son, Kyle.
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics