Oct. 20, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Caleb Holmes `08, who is second all-time at Yale with a career .822 free throw percentage, has signed a professional contract to play and coach with UMFH, a team in Iceland's first division. The team is located in a small town nearly 60 miles southeast of Reykjavik.
"It will be a great experience," said Holmes, whose father, Mark, played professional basketball in Iceland from 1978-80. "I have the opportunity to work with the club's girls and boys youth teams, and I really enjoy working with kids, although it will be a challenge because some don't speak much English."
Holmes finished his outstanding Yale career seventh in school history with 137 career three-pointers. He appeared in 110 games, scored 825 points, grabbed 294 rebounds and handed out 193 assists. As a senior last winter, he was ninth in the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage (.385) and averaged a career-best 9.6 points, which was third on the team. In his junior year, he made a school-record 31 consecutive free throws, and as a rookie, he was the recipient of the John C. Cobb Award as Yale's top freshman.
"My Yale experience will be really beneficial," Holmes said. "I think my time at Yale has given me the ability to adapt to new places and new people."
In addition to playing, Holmes will serve as a coach for UMFH.
"Coaching is something I am definitely interested in as a career," he said. "I have been around basketball my whole life and it is a way to stay involved with the game after I am done playing."
Holmes is one of four former Bulldogs currently playing professionally in Europe. Edwin Draughan '05 is playing for FOS Ouest Provence in France, Dominick Martin '06 is a member of Plasencia Extremadura in Spain and Matt Kyle `08 is with Galitos FC in Barreiro, Portugal.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity