Genesee Community College's most decorated 2017-18 student-athlete - Glenn Holmes - will continue to wear blue and gold next season after signing a letter of intent to continue his collegiate soccer career at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. beginning in the fall of 2018.
"I am excited for Glenn to join our family here at ETSU. He has the ability to play multiple positions and will help us in a lot of ways. He is good in the air, very good feet, a great athlete, and a good leader. He can play anywhere along the back line and even in midfield. He is a great student athlete who desires to be even better. I can't wait to get him on campus this fall," ETSU head men's soccer coach David Casper said about having Holmes on his roster this fall to compete in the Southern Conference at the NCAA Division-I level.
While one coach is excited about Holmes' arrival, another reflects on his departure after leading the GCC men's soccer team to its first-ever national title in National Junior College Athletic Association play as a Cougar co-captain.
"I look forward to watching the next two years of Glenn's growth at ETSU," said Cougar head men's soccer coach Ken Gavin, who awarded Holmes the Coaches Award at its season-ending banquet last month.
"Glenn is definitely one of the best all-round players we've had here and he will be missed both on and off the pitch. He's a natural leader and will be successful at whatever he sets his mind to."
No athlete could match Holmes' combined accolades on-and-off the field in earning top honors from three distinct governing bodies that included the State University of New York Chancellor awards, United Soccer Coaches awards, and recognition from the NJCAA.
The overall list reached double digits with about half coming from the aforementioned bodies listed above. At Genesee, Holmes also captured honors as the top Male Scholar-Athlete and top Sports Management student, and was also recognized at the NJCAA region-level as part of its top team as well as recognition through its weekly player accolades.
His leadership also went beyond the field at GCC as vice-president of LEADS (Leaders in Education, Athletics and Development of Student Athletes) in giving all of Genesee's athletes a voice off the field.
As a defensive performer, there was perhaps none better in the NJCAA last season, anchoring a Cougar backline that led the nation in average goals-allowed-per-game at 0.72 at the junior-college division-three level. But being the best defensively wasn't enough for Holmes, who also led all NJCAA D-III defenders in scoring with 32 points and 13 goals. Both his defensive prowess and offensive production played a large part in the Cougars ending their season on a 20-game unbeaten streak and 11-game win streak culminating with a national title.