Evan Holmes has been a fixture on the WPI sideline for three decades. Now in his 30th year, he is one of the longest tenured assistant coaches in any sport in NEWMAC history. The AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2002 was center stage as the Engineers honored the 25th anniversary of what had been the program's most recent NCAA appearance in 2017.
Holmes had been on the staff with former head coach and current assistant Malcolm MacPherson for 28 years, including three at Fitchburg State. A former head coach at Division I Holy Cross, Holmes has also had coaching stints at Boston College, Clark and Holy Name High School in Worcester.
A holder of several USSF and NSCAA advanced licenses and diplomas, Holmes also served as the WPI Soccer Camp Program Director from 2003 to 2015.
In 2002, Holmes achieved notoriety when he was named an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year as selected by a panel of judges from Scholastic Coach & Athlete Magazine. Holmes was honored prior to the Wheaton game, which WPI won 4-0. Wheaton was ranked #1 in New England and #6 in the nation at the time.
Holmes played professionally in the North American Soccer League and the American Soccer League after attending Division I power Hartwick. He continues to play soccer competitively in an over-50 league.