Athletics Hall of Fame
Tom Holmes

Tom Holmes

SPORT(S) Track and Field, Cross Country
PLAYED AT BSU 1967-1971

Tom Holmes entered Bemidji State College during the fall of 1965 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health in 1970.  In 1966, Tom began competing in track and cross-country.  Tom's developing talents as a runner during his next four years in college was quite an amazing track story for BSC.  After his first season in cross-country, Tom became Bemidji's best track athlete for the next four years.  He was the team captain for track in 1969 and also captained the cross-country team from 1967-1969.  During this time Tom won both the Pat Colburn Award and the Harry Bangsberg Award for outstanding track and cross-country athletes.  At one time, Tom held four individual track records and was a member of two school relay records.  Presently, Tom holds two school individual track records in the 880-yard run and the mile run.  In 1969, Tom was the winner of the prestigious Minnesota AAU Outstanding Performer Award, and also won the Brian Kelly Meet's Outstanding Award in 1970, which was presented to him by Hubert H. Humphrey, the Vice President of the United States at that time.  Tom's athletic achievements gained him recognition as a Northern Intercollegiate Conference Champion, and he represented Bemidji State in two national cross country championships and four national track championships.  Now retired, Tom was a teacher and a coach within the Minneapolis Public Schools for twenty-five years and was also a Minnesota State High School League football and Basketball official for many years.  Tom has been an Amateur Softball Association Umpire, has worked several national softball tournaments, and has served numerous terms on the board of directors of both the Minneapolis Umpires Association and the Minneapolis Football Association.  Currently, Tom resides in Edina, Minnesota, and has three sons.