USD Men's Basketball 2001-2002
HEAD COACH BRAD HOLLAND
8th year Two-time WCC Coach of the Year
The 2001 -2002 season will be Brad Holl and's eighth at the he lm of the USO bas ketball program. Thi s past season he guided the Toreros to a 16-1 3 overall mark and 7-7 WCC fini sh. Two seasons ago Holl and guided USO to a 20-9 record -- the 20 wins and IO WCC victories were the school's most since the 1987 season. For hi s efforts, Holl and was named the 2000 WCC Coach of the Year by hi s peers for the second straight season. Three seasons ago he guided the Toreros to a 18-9 mark and 2nd pl ace fini sh in the West Coast Confe rence (9-5 ). With seven letterwinners back for the upcoming 2001 -2002 season, USO will pl ay in their 5, I00-seat Jenny Craig Pavi li on, and pl ay host to the West Coast Confe rence Basketball Championships for the second straight season. Last year's club got out of the gates quickl y with its 7- 1 start whi ch included the title at Hawaii 's Tip– off tourney, and solid wins against UC Irvine, Oregon State and San Diego State. The Toreros then played six of its nex t seven games away from home - they earned a solid win at Washington (72-54), but fo ur of their six losses in that stretch were by four or fewer poi nts. San Diego then ree led off seven wins over their next ten games, earning a key road victory at Santa Clara. At the WCC Tournament in San Diego, USO beat San Francisco be fore fa lling to Gonzaga in the semifinals. Two seasons ago the Toreros won seven of their fin al ten games to fini sh strong again, a trait of Holl and coached teams. The season was highlighted by WCC wins at Gonzaga (82-70), and at home over WCC champi on Pepperdine (73-62). The Toreros fini shed 11-2 at home, and were 9-7 on the road, including an excellent 5-2 WCC road mark. Highlights from the 1998-99 squad two years ago included the team's
victory over Texas in the Torero Tip-Off, and the team's upset over then No. 25-ranked Gonzaga (7 5-59). In 1997-98 Holl and guided USO to a 14- 14 overall record and a third straight semi fi nal appearance in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Toreros won fi ve of their fin al e ight contests and earned solid victori es over WCC champi on Gonzaga, and two wins over WCC runner-up Pepperdine. Holland owns a seven-year mark of 110-86 at USO -- including hi s two-year stint at Cal State Full erton, hi s career coaching record sits at I33- 117. He has strung together six straight seasons at USO with .500 or better records. Five seasons ago he directed the Toreros to a 17-11 record ; at the time, the 17 wins were a personal-best fo r Ho ll and 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 fin ished the season on a strong note, winning seven of their fin al nine. Included in the team's 17 victories were solid nonconference wi ns 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 Stanfo rd to two (70-72) at the San Diego Sports Arena. The 1995-96 club, hit with a variety of injuri es throughout the year, fini shed strong and ended the year at 14- 14. In hi s first year at USO. Brad guided the Toreros to an 11 - 16 overall record and a fifth pl ace fini sh in the West Coast Conference. The season was hi ghlighted earl y-on when the Toreros downed visiting Notre Dame, 90-76, on December 3rd before 6,522 fa ns at the San Diego Sports Arena. Prior to USO Holl and woo rave reviews for the manner in which he rev itali zed the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball program. During the 1992-93 season, hi s first as a head coach, theTitans fi ni shed 15- 12 and posted the school's first winning record in four years whil e going I0-8 in the Big West Conference. Al ong the way they beat every team in the conference except New Mex ico State, capping the year with an exc iting one-po int home victory over nationall y ranked UNLY. Hi s I993-94 team, which lost three pl ayers to season-ending injuries pri or to the start of the season, fini shed 8- 19 overall and eighth in Big West pl ay. 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 UN LY with a 84-75 victory at the Thomas and Mack Ce nter. Pri or to hi s appointment at Cal State Fullerton, Holl and was an assistant coac h on Jim Harrick's staff at UCLA from August, 1988 to March, 1992. He helped the Bruins return to national prominence while compi ling a 93-35 record that took them to four NCAA tournaments. Success as a head
coach is merely the latest pos iti ve mark Holl and has made on Sout h– ern Cali fo rni a basketball. He was a basketball and football star at Crescenta Valley High School. He was a four-year basketball lellerman at UCLA and played with the Los Angeles Lakers and two other Na– tional Basketball Assoc iati on teams before retiring in 1982 due to a knee injury. He entered pri vate business and al so was a broadcaster for Prime Ticket from 1985 to 1988. Holl and was the last pl ayer recruited by Coach John Wooden and became a part of fo ur Pac- IO champi onship teams at UCLA from 1976 to 1979, two under Coach Gene Bartow and two under Coach Gary Cunningham. The Bruins went I02- 17 during Holl ands\ pl ay– ing career and he was honorable menti on All -America and second– team Academi c All -America as a seni or. Th at year he averaged 17.5 points and 4.8 assists and had a .598 fi eld goal percentage. the best ever by a Bruin guard . He gradu ated in 1979 from UCLA wit h a B.A.degree in Sociology. The Lakers drafted Holl and in 1979. the 14th player taken in the first round , and we nt on to win the 1980 NBA champ ionship. The rook ie guard scored eight po int s in the dec isive sixth game at Phil adelphi a. He fini shed hi s playing career in 198 1-82 with Wa,hing– ton and Mil waukee. Ho ll and and hi s wife. Les li e. res ide in Carlsbad. Ca liforni a. They have three children -- twin daugh ters Kri stin and Li sa. bot h second-year students at USO. and a son. Kyle.
The Holland Family (l-r): Brad, Leslie, Lisa, Kristin, Kyle
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