Coach Holmes has served as a Head Football Coach for thirty years–the past nineteen years at Dublin High School in Dublin, Georgia. Over this 19 year period at Dublin, he has won 171 with 9 Region Championships and 2 State Championships with the Fighting Irish. Coach Holmes served as a Head Football Coach the previous eleven years at Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee. His overall football record as head coach, however, is 244-110-1. Prior to becoming a Head Football Coach, he spent two years as an assistant at Westmoreland High School in Tennessee, and six years at 5A Beech High School as the Defensive Coordinator.
Dublin finished the 2019 Season as the AA State Champions and finished # 3 in the nation in rushing yards with over 6000 yards and averaging 46.2 points per game.
Coach Holmes' Dublin Irish set the State of Georgia Record for most points scored in a regular season in 2005 (549), and set the Georgia Record for points scored in a full season in 2006 (682).
Coach Holmes has been a National Wing-T Speaker of the Glazier Clinics and has been able to speak in: Atlanta, Charlotte, Destin, Tampa, Nashville, San Francisco, Denver, Pittsburg, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Houston, New Jersey, Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Red River OK, Seattle, and Boston.
Coach Holmes has been recognized in both Tennessee and Georgia as the Statewide Coach of the Year. In 1995, he was recognized as the 4A Coach of the Year in Tennessee and in 1996, he was recognized by the Tennessee Titans as the Coach of the Week. In 2002 Coach Holmes was recognized as the AJC AAA Coach of the Year in Georgia and the Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Year. In 2006 and 2019 Coach Holmes was recognized by the Atlanta Touchdown Club as AA Coach of the Year. He has been recognized in 2002, 2005, and 2006 by the GACA as the Coach of the Year. Coach Holmes was recognized as the Atlanta Journal Constitution AA Coach of the year in 2019