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Holmoe returns to BYU

Charles Rich

GLENDALE -- Tom Holmoe, who starred as a member of the Crescenta

Valley High football team and won four Super Bowl championships with the

San Francisco 49ers, was named Associate Athletics Director for

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Development at Brigham Young University on Thursday.

Holmoe, who played defensive back at CV and was named the Pacific

League’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1977, previously coached at the

University of California before he chose to return to BYU. The

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42-year-old Holmoe served as a team captain during the 1977 season at CV

and went to BYU before being chosen in the fourth round of the 1983

National Football League draft by San Francisco.

The former BYU defensive back played seven years in the NFL before he

recently completed a 12-year coaching career in college football and the

NFL.

Holmoe, who played defensive back at BYU from 1978-82 and was part of

five Western Athletic Conference championship squads, will be responsible

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in overseeing fund-raising efforts for BYU’s men’s and women’s athletic

departments. He will supervise the university’s Cougar Club and the

capital campaign for athletic facilities.

After Holmoe completed his undergraduate work and playing career, he

went on to serve as a graduate assistant coach under LaVell Edwards on

BYU’s football team in 1990 and 1991. He earned his bachelor’s degree at

BYU in zoology in 1983 and received a master’s degree from BYU in

athletic administration in 1995.

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He led the Western Athletic Conference with seven interceptions as a

sophomore in 1980 and earned first-team All-WAC honors as a senior in

1982.

After he retired as a player, Holmoe returned to BYU as a graduate

assistant coach. He then became the secondary coach at Stanford

University under Coach Bill Walsh in 1992. Holmoe returned to the NFL in

1994 and picked up his fourth Super Bowl ring as the 49ers defensive

backs coach.

Holmoe accepted a position at California as the defensive coordinator

in 1996 and then became the school’s head coach from 1997 until he

resigned after this past season.


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