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Tennis coach inducted into NJSIAA Hall of Fame

From the left: Dennis Kelleher, Haddonfield Board of Education member, Jack Tarditi, former Haddonfield mayor, Joe Holman, Jeff’s father, Mindy Holman, Jeff’s sister, Jeff Holman, Chuck Klaus, Haddonfield Memorial High School Principal, Dr. Cheryl Laney, Haddonfield Board of Education member, Dr. Richard Perry, Haddonfield School District Superintendent, and Frank Biedeman, Jeff’s brother-in-law.

Haddonfield’s Coach Jeff Holman was inducted in the NJSIAA Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 3.

After captaining Haddonfield Memorial High School’s tennis team and playing on Princeton University’s freshman team, Holman begun his professional career as a teacher in Haddonfield’s school system.

In his third year of teaching he took over the girls’ tennis program, then one year later, began coaching the boys’ team too.

His career record with the girls is 994-122, with 34 Colonial Conference championships, 31 sectional titles, 18 New Jersey state group championships, and three New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles.  His boys record is 965-171 with 34 Colonial Conference championships, 25 sectional titles, and nine New Jersey state group championships.

During his coaching career, Holman has received 24 “Coach of the Year” awards from organizations such as the South Jersey Tennis Coaches Association, USTA Middle States, and the New Jersey District of USTA Middle States, and from newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier-Post, Newark Star Ledger, and Retrospect.

Especially meaningful has been the national coaching awards Holman has received from the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) Association – in 2011 for boys and 2009 for girls – and from the National High School Coaches Association in 2009 for girls.

The United States Tennis Association also presented him with the Starfish No-Cut Award in 2006 for implementing a no-cut policy in Haddonfield’s tennis program.  Additional, Holman is a member of eight Halls of Fame.

Along with coaching Haddonfield Memorial High School’s tennis teams, Holman founded and served as president of the South Jersey Tennis Coaches Association (SJTCA).

As president, Holman organizes and directs the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships for girls in the fall and boys in the spring, as well as the Camden County Championships for girls and boys.

Holman has also been a contributor to the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) magazine and presenter at the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association and other coaching clinics.

Because of his service to high school tennis, he received the USTA Middle States Presidential Service Award in 2009.