|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
|College:||Oral Roberts, '01|
Steve Holm was named Associate Head Coach after serving last season as an assistant coach at Sacramento State. Holm will serve as the pitching and catching coach in 2014 and will continue to assist with infielders and hitters.
Under Holm’s guidance in 2013 the Hornet pitching staff had all-time lows in ERA, hits allowed, runs allowed, and walks allowed since moving to Division-1 in 1990. Holm also helped the Hornets record single-season school records for opponent batting average (.255) and shutouts (9).
The 2013 pitching staff gave up 102 fewer runs than the previous season. Individually, Sutter McLoughlin broke the school record with 17 saves and was subsequently named an NCBWA and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and starting pitcher Tanner Mendonca was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 17th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft.
Holm also had an impact on the offensive side, most notably with freshman All-American Chris Lewis and freshman Nathan Lukes. Another big difference that Holm made in 2013 was behind the plate in his work with Dane Fujinaka.
“Steve really helped make Dane into one of the best defensive catchers in our league last year," said head coach Reggie Christiansen. "Dane’s improvement behind the plate was a major reason for our pitchers success last year.”
“I believe Steve is one of the bright up and coming assistant coaches in all of college baseball. He is one of the best baseball minds I have had a chance to work with and is very well rounded as he can coach every aspect of the game.”
Holm, a Sacramento native and
McClatchy HS graduate, appeared in 59 games over three seasons with
the San Francisco Giants (2008-09) and Minnesota Twins (2011). Holm
played in 646 minor league games during his 12-year career, with 51
home runs, 103 doubles, 241 runs and 229 RBIs. He played
collegiately at Oral Roberts before being drafted in the 17th round
by the Giants in 2001. He was a second team All-American as a
junior in 2000, when he finished seventh in the NCAA with a .437
batting average, which is still a school record. His .371 career
batting average is the third best mark in ORU history.
Holm was a shortstop in high school and college before being moved to catcher in the minors. He and his wife, Lindsey, were married on June 22.