Zach Holt is beginning his second season as an assistant coach with the Tusculum University men's basketball program.
Holt came to TU in the summer of 2018 as the top assistant following three seasons at Motlow State Community College. Holt reunited with Tusculum head coach J.T. Burton, who was the head coach at Motlow State during his first two campaigns at the Smyrna, Tennessee junior college.
Holt helped Motlow State to its most successful three-year run in program history as the Bucks posted a 78-21 combined record (.788). He coached on back-to-back TCCAA Region 7 Tournament Championship teams (2016-17 & 2017-18) with a regular season title in the 2016-2017 campaign.
Motlow also earned back-to-back NJCAA National Tournament bids, reaching the Elite Eight in 2017 and the Sweet 16 in 2018. Winning back-to-back TCCAA Region 7 Tournament and reaching the national tournament are two feats that are first in Motlow history.
Holt helped produce four All-Americans, 10 All-Region selections and 10 All-Conference honorees including two TCCAA Region Players of the Year. Six of his players also garnered Region All-Tournament accolades including two Region Tournament Most Valuable Players. Two Motlow standouts also garnered spots on the NJCAA National All-Tournament team.
In Holt's three years at Motlow State all sophomores graduated and moved onto four-year colleges and universities.
In 2017-2018, Holt and the Bucks posted a 23-8 record to win its second straight TCCAA Region 7 Tournament crown. Holts was vital in the development of sophomores Isaiah Hart, Rashawn Fredericks and Kevonte Corley as all three garnered All-Conference recognition. Fredericks was named the TCCAA Region Player of the Year while Hart garnered Region Tournament MVP laurels. Both would also earn All-America recognition.
All three moved onto NCAA Division I programs with Fredericks landing at the University Cincinnati with Hart and Corley moving onto Austin Peay State University and Prairie View A&M, respectively.
In 2016-2017, the Bucks posted an outstanding 30-6 overall record for the best season in school history. The team captured the TCCAA regular season title, won the Region 7 championship and earned a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament where the team advanced to the national quarterfinal for the first time in Motlow history. That team was led by Javion Hamlet along with Fredericks and Hart in their rookie seasons. Fredericks was named Freshman of the Year while Hart and Hamlet earned Region 7 All-Tournament distinction. Hamlet was named Region Tournament MVP, earned All-America and NJCAA National All-Tournament honors and later signed to play at the University of Buffalo.
He joined Coach Burton's first Motlow team in 2015-2016 as Holt helped the Bucks boast a 25-7 overall record and a runner-up finish in the TCCAA Region 7. Holt coached 2016 first team All-American Jaylen Barford and helped all six sophomores go on and further their education and play basketball at the next level which included first team honorees Jaylen Barford (Arkansas) and Darius Joell (Columbus State) and two second team selections Stephaun Adams (Tennessee Tech) and Jaqualis Matlock.
Holt's duties at Motlow State included recruiting, head strength and conditioning coach, travel, film exchange, individual instruction and player development.
Prior to coaching, Holt played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2005-2009. He was a member of the Panthers' 2005-2006 Horizon League regular season and tournament championship team which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a win over Oklahoma. Milwaukee finished with a 22-9 overall record.
The Pulaski, Tennessee native was a two-time All-Region guard at Giles County High School. Holt lives in Greeneville where he is pursuing his master's degree in business.