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Brian Holsinger
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Federal Way, Wash.
Alma Mater: Western Washington
Experience: 8 Years

Brian Holsinger, the Cougars' recruiting and defensive coordinator, finished his seventh season as an assistant coach at Washington State and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2014-15 campaign.

In his seven seasons as recruiting coordinator with the Cougars, Holsinger helped Head Coach June Daugherty assemble nationally-ranked recruiting classes. His 2007-08 class ranked as high as 16th nationally according to Blue Star Basketball and his 2011 class contained a the program’s first Parade All-American recruit. The 2012-13 class featured six freshmen from all over the country highlighted by a pair of talented players from Hawaii including three-time state player of the year Lia Galdeira who earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention, All-Defensive Team honorable mention and to the All-FreshmenTeam accolades in her first season with the Cougars. The 2014 recruiting class shaped up to be one of the Cougars most accomplished in program history, receiving praise from Blue Star Basketball as one of the top recruiting classes in the country. The seven-member class features four players from overseas including the ninth-ranked international prospect in 6-3 forward Louise Brown, Washington 2A Player of the Year Nike McClure and Oregon 6A All-State selection Ashley Bolston.

This past season, the Cougars produced one of the best campaigns in program history, earning a trip to the WNIT, the program’s first postseason appearance since 1991, and post 17 wins, the most since 1995-96. WSU also notched four wins over ranked teams, including one on the road against No. 10 Nebraska and went on to post nine conference games for the first time since 1994-95. Guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley both earned spots on the All-Pac-12 Team, becoming the first pair of Cougar teammates to earn all-conference honors in the same season in program history.  The Cougars received some national recognition late in the year, receiving votes in the Top-25 USA Today Coaches’ Poll following the Pac-12 Tournament, becoming the first WSU team to be mentioned in a poll since the 1990-91 season. Holsinger also guided the Cougar defense to the post the third-most steals in the Pac-12 Conference and tied for the second-most blocks in school history.

The 2012-13 campaign saw the Cougars advanced to the Pac-12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals for the second straight season, beating Arizona State in the opening round before falling to top-seeded Stanford. WSU produced some notable wins while playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, beating No. 20 Ohio State, posting a road victory over regional rival Gonzaga and sweeping the season series with Arizona State. The Cougars, which contained a roster with six freshmen and three sophomores, also posted a four-game winning streak during Pac-12.

The Cougars continued to produce impressive defensive numbers as well, setting the school record for blocks with 114 along with the sixth-most steals in in single-season history. Holsinger oversaw the defense that made the fourth-most steals in the Pac-12, led by Galdeira’s conference-best 86.

Not just a star on the recruiting trail, Holsinger has helped lead the charge toward a ferocious Cougar defense. In 2009-10, WSU was the only school to place two individuals on the five-member Pacific-10 Conference Media All-Defensive Team. Then-freshman Carly Noyes became the first player in school history to lead the conference in blocks and she went on to cap her career as WSU’s all-time leader in blocks, games played and starts. The 2009-10 and 2010-11 Cougar teams produced two of the top block totals in program history, recording 98 in 2009-10 and 100 in 2010-11, the second-best mark in the Cougar single-season record book.

In 2011-12, Holsinger had two players earn Pac-12 All-Defensive Team accolades as the club grabbed the most rebounds in school-history and made the second-most steals in single-season history. The Cougars also finished second in the Pac-12 Conference in three-point defense and in steals.

Holsinger joined the WSU staff after serving as the head coach for Montana Tech from 2005-07. Holsinger was the sixth head women's basketball coach in Montana Tech history, and during his time there the team earned a top-25 ranking in the NAIA for the first time in school history. He also guided his squad to its greatest turnaround, going from three wins in 2005-06 to 16 wins in 2006-07.

Before coaching at Montana Tech, Holsinger served as the head assistant coach at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, Calif., from 1999-2005. During his tenure, the Mustangs posted a record of 132-58 and were a perennial top 10 nationally-ranked team. The squad also made four NAIA national tournament appearances.

Holsinger graduated from Federal Way High in Federal Way, Wash., in 1994. During his college career, he played his freshman season at Pacific from 1994-95, before transferring to Western Washington to complete his bachelor’s of science degree in biology.

Brian currently lives in Pullman with his wife Stacey and they have two daughters, Brooklyn and Quinn.

 

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