April 28, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Brad Holland, a member of the UC Santa Barbara basketball coaching staff for two years, will leave his position to become the Chief Professional Officer of the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club, head coach Bob Williams announced Wednesday.
"I am very appreciative of the two years that Brad gave to our program," Williams said. "His contributions to the success we had this last year were outstanding. I'm very supportive and happy about his decision to move into a new phase in his career."
For Holland, who resided in Carlsbad for 14 years before coming to UCSB in the spring of 2008, the position with the Boys and Girls Club represents not only a professional challenge, but also an opportunity to go home.
"Carlsbad is where we raised our children," Holland said of he and his wife Leslie. "Our daughters (Kristin and Lisa) still live in the area, so it will get us back together with them."
Holland also looks forward to the opportunity to work with children.
"I love the fact that I'll be able to mentor kids as part of a great organization," he said. "I get a lot of satisfaction out of working with young people, helping them with their life-skills. It's kind of like coaching younger kids. I also look forward to running an organization and being a leader again."
A vital member of a staff that guided the Gauchos to the Big West regular season and tournament championships, and an NCAA Tournament bid in 2010, Holland said he believes the success can continue, but he felt he needed to seize the moment.
"I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Williams gave me to get back into coaching and the success we had this year was great," Holland said. "I know there will be times when I miss being on a college campus, but this opportunity and challenge are ones that I just can't pass up."
Williams will immediately begin a search to replace Holland.