Steve Holeman made his debut as the head coach of Georgia soccer for the 2010 season. Holeman came to Athens after spending the previous 15 seasons as the head coach at Ole Miss. The dean of SEC soccer coaches, Holeman is the fourth head coach at Georgia since the program's inception in 1995, and enters his fifth season at the helm in 2014.
The 2010 season saw Georgia compile a record of 11-6-4 (5-3-3 SEC) while reaching the SEC Championships semifinals for the third time in four seasons. Four Bulldogs received All-SEC honors under Holeman's direction, while the team garnered its eighth consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award for maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA in his first year in Athens.
In 2011, Holeman led the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament, the program's eighth all-time appearance, with a regular-season record of 12-5-2 (6-3-2). Georgia reached the NCAA second round for the sixth time overall, falling 3-1 to Duke in Durham, N.C., a place the Blue Devils have never lost in tournament time, to end with a record of 13-7-2. The trip was Holeman's first at Georgia and his fifth overall.
Following a 7-11-2 campaign in 2012, as the program dealt with injuries to several key players, Holeman's 2013 squad finished 12-7-1 and reached the SEC quarterfinals. He nowowns a career record of 208-156-40 (.564).
Holeman's career began by starting the women's soccer program at Auburn in 1993, before making the move to Oxford, Miss., where he began the soccer program for the Rebels in 1995. In addition to the four NCAA Tournament appearances under his direction, Ole Miss won three SEC Western Division titles and made an appearance in the SEC Tournament Finals in 1999. The four NCAA Tournament appearances (2002, 2003, 2005, 2009) included a trip to the second round in 2003, when the Rebels defeated the Texas Longhorns. In 2005, Holeman led the Rebels to a 14-5-2 record, including an 8-1-2 mark in league play. He was honored by Soccer Buzz as the 2005 Central Region Coach of the Year runner-up following that season. His 20 completed seasons in the conference makes him the longest-tenured active SEC women's soccer coach.
Holeman produced 29 All-SEC selections for the Rebels, and had at least one all-league player every year since 1996. Under Holeman, Ole Miss players were among the nation's elite in the classroom with eight Academic/Scholar All-America honorees and 33 Academic All-Region selections.Over his last five seasons in Oxford, the Rebels went 19-1-5 against SEC West foes.
At Auburn, Holeman put together the Tigers' first-ever women's soccer program in only six weeks and led the team to winning record at 7-6-3 in its inaugural campaign.
Holeman has served on the staff at the Region III Olympic Development Program (ODP). He was head coach of the South Region team at the U.S. Soccer Festival in 2001-02, and guided them to a gold medal finish at the 2001 event in Chicago. Holeman, who holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" coaching license, began his coaching career while still a student-athlete on the men's soccer team at Wake Forest University. In 1991, Holeman guided the Huntsville (Ala.) Under-17 boys select team to the Alabama state championship. From 1992-94, he served as coach of the Auburn men's club team.
At the same time he was beginning his coaching career, Holeman also played soccer at Wake Forest. A four-year letterman at midfield, he helped lead the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in 1988, 1989 and 1990. In 1989, he was a member of the Wake Forest squad that clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round. During that 1989 season, Wake Forest was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation.
Holeman played professional soccer as a member of the Montgomery Capitals, a semi-pro team based in Montgomery, Ala., in 1993 and 1994. He also played on the Alabama Men's All-Star Indoor Team in 1992.
His knowledge and respect throughout college soccer earned him the position of chairman for the NCAA men's and women's soccer rules committee, a position he held in 2004-05.
A native of West Long Branch, N.J., Holeman graduated from Wake Forest University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in health and sports science. In 1993, he received his master's degree in exercise physiology from Auburn, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout his graduate studies. Holeman has also successfully completed coursework toward a doctorate degree in exercise physiology.
He was named the Georgia head coach on April 16, 2010.
Born Dec. 21, 1967, Holeman is married to the former Julie Newton of Goodman, Miss., and they have one daughter, Anna Mae, and one son, Robert (Bo) Stephen.