Rhode Island College has named Robert Nelson as an assistant men’s basketball coach and Mark Holmes as the coordinator of men’s basketball operations. The duo will join Head Coach Tom Glynn and Assistant Coach Daniel Jones in guiding the Anchorman basketball program.
“We are thrilled to add Rob Nelson to the RIC basketball family,” Glynn said. “His experience as both a player and coach will fit in perfectly with the culture we are establishing here. Rob comes highly recommended from a number of coaches I have a lot of respect for and has a strong knowledge of the recruiting landscape across New England. Rob will play a big role as we work to re-establish RIC on the recruiting trail and on the court.”
Nelson spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at WPI where he helped lead the Engineers to the NEWMAC Championship. He spent the 2016-17 campaign as the Associate Head Coach at Regis College. Nelson was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Pine Manor from 2014-16 and spent one season as the head women’s basketball coach for the Gators in ’15-16.
He completed his master’s degree in organizational and professional communication at Regis in 2018. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Keystone College in 2013. While at Keystone, he played basketball and received the Colonial States Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Sportsmanship Award as a senior.
Holmes has held coaching positions at various institutions during his career. He has been an assistant coach at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, Framingham State University, Newbury College (MA) and Emmanuel College (MA). For the past three years, he has been an assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach at Milton Academy. Holmes has instructed at basketball camps and showcase events at UConn, Villanova, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, The Hoop Group, The New England Recruiting Report and John Lucas Basketball Resources. Holmes is also a certified USA Basketball Nike youth development instructor and a skills instructor/coach for the New England Spartans Basketball Club (Westwood, MA).
“I’ve known Mark for a long time and I’m glad we have an opportunity to work together,” Glynn said. “Mark brings tremendous value to our program from his experience working at a number of Division III programs, coaching at the junior college level and most recently at the prep level. Mark has recruiting contacts across the northeast, he is very familiar with the Little East Conference and will be an exceptional teacher and mentor for our student-athletes.”
Holmes graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a bachelor’s degree in visual design and communications. He was a member of the 1992-93 UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team where his contributions helped his team advance to the NCAA Div. III Tournament Final Four. It is the only basketball team in UMass Dartmouth’s history to play in a Final Four and was inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame.
Holmes has completed master’s level courses in special education at Cambridge College and is currently teaching special education in the Boston Public Schools. He and his wife Tracy reside in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
The Anchormen open the 2018-19 season at home vs. Fitchburg State on November 8.