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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
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Tom Holmoe speaking at BYU in 2017
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Personal information
Born: (1960-03-07) March 7, 1960 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Crescenta Valley
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 4 / Pick: 90
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
  • BYU (2005–present) (athletic director)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:172
Fumble recoveries:4
Games played:82
Games started:7


Playing careerEdit


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.

Coaching careerEdit

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] When Jeff Tedford led the Bears to a 7–5 record in 2002, they were not allowed to play in a bowl game.

Athletic administrationEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

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.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
California Golden Bears (Pacific-10 Conference) (1997–2001)
1997 California 3–8 1–7 9th
1998 California 5–6 3–5 7th
1999 California 0–7* 0–5* T–6th
2000 California 3–8 2–6 T–8th
2001 California 1–10 0–8 10th
California: 12–39 6-31
Total: 12–39

*Cal finished 4–7 (3–5 in conference), but later vacated the wins due to use of ineligible players

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Holmoe who became college head coaches:


  1. ^ Everson, Darren (August 29, 2008). "A Saner Approach to College Football". The Wall Street Journal. p. W1. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  2. ^ University of California, Berkeley Public Infractions Report. NCAA: June 26, 2002.
  3. ^ Fernas, Rob (June 27, 2002). "Cal Is Hit With Bowl Ban". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 31, 2012.

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