mike holmesMike Holmes - Head Coach


Mike Holmes enters his 6th year at the helm for the Southwestern Men's Basketball program and his 25th overall as a head coach.  Holmes climbed basketball's ladder the hard way in his career, beginning as a high-school class A head coach in Iowa (Allison-Bristow), then advancing to 2A Spirit Lake after two years.  After three years at Spirit Lake, Holmes advanced to 3A Waverly-Shell Rock prior to a five-year stint at 4A Des Moines Roosevelt.  Holmes then continued coaching at Indianapolis Ritter while serving as athletic director.  His final high-school stop was at Ottumwa, where he coached the Bulldogs to their first-ever 4A Final Four appearance.  Holmes has twice been named a district coach of the year.  He owns a career college mark of 72-70 at Southwestern, and in his five seasons he has had two teams ranked nationally as well as two different teams set all-time marks for defensive efficiency (57.9 ppg).  Holmes lives in Creston with his wife, Leeanna, and their 17-month-old twins, Greyson and Bronwyn.  

David Farmer - Assistant Coach

David Farmer returns to Southwestern, where he starred as a player in the 2009-2011 seasons.  Farmer was highly-regarded by coaches and teammates as a selfless player who had a smooth touch from behind the arc, had complete understanding of the Spartan's system, and was always ready to do the difficult work on the defensive end.  After Southwestern, Farmer continued his basketball career at Peru State in Nebraska before his season was cut short by a shoulder injury and surgery.  With basketball over, Farmer continued his undergraduate work at Northwest Missouri State.  Farmer also serves as a Residence Hall Director on campus, and is in charge of West Hall.  Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "David will do a tremendous job here because he was the embodiment of what we continually teach-- team-first attributes on the floor and behaving like a gentleman off the floor.  I think we hit the jackpot getting him back into our program to help direct our young men."