Brad Holland is in his second season as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara.
Holland brings a wealth of experience to the Gauchos' coaching staff. He was a head coach for 15 years, including 13 at the University of San Diego and one at Cal State Fullerton.
Holland is San Diego's all-time leader in coaching victories with 200. A two-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, he guided the Toreros to nine winning seasons and 11 campaigns with a mark of .500 or better. In 2006-07, Holland's 13th and final season at USD, he led the program to an 18-14 record and into the semifinals of the WCC Tournament. It was the fifth time that one of his teams won 18 or more games. In 2002-03, Holland's squad went 18-12 and won the WCC Tournament title, advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament in 16 years. That season was also highlighted by the team's 86-81 overtime win at 14th-ranked UCLA. The 1999-2000 Torero team won 20 games overall and 10 in league play, their highest totals in 12 seasons, earning him his second consecutive WCC Coach of the Year honor.
Before becoming head coach at San Diego, Holland spent two seasons as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. In his first season, 1992-93, the Titans went 15-12, their first winning season in four years. Prior to his tenure at Fullerton, Holland was an assistant coach at his alma mater, UCLA, from 1988-1992. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Tournament in all four of his seasons on the bench.
A four-year letterwinner at UCLA, Holland was the last player recruited by the legendary John Wooden. In his final two seasons as a player for the Bruins, 1977-78 and 1978-79, he was coached by UCSB's former Athletics Director Gary Cunningham. After a senior year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 4.8 assists, earning him honorable mention All-American recognition, Holland was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 14th pick in the NBA Draft. As a rookie, he was a member of the Lakers' 1980 NBA Championship team, and scored eight points against Philadelphia in the decisive sixth game of the championship series. He played three seasons in the league before retiring in 1982.
Holland and his wife, Leslie, reside in Goleta. They have three children - twin daughters Kristin and Lisa, and a son, Kyle.