Standout prep coach joins Wildcat staff after seven highly successful seasons
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini today announced the hiring of Todd Holthaus as an assistant coach.
Holthaus, 34, joins the Wildcat staff after a highly successful stint as the girls’ varsity head coach at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson. He posted a career record of 160-64 (.714) in seven years at FWHS and led the Lady Cabs to seven consecutive state tournament appearances. Included in the run were two region championships, two conference championships and a region tournament title.
His on-court success did not go unrecognized, as Holthaus was named Class 5A Southern Region Coach of the Year by the southern region coaches in each of the last four seasons (2002-05). In addition, he earned Southern Arizona Coach-of-the-Year honors from the Arizona Daily Star in 2005.
Since 2001, Holthaus has served as the Class 5A Girls’ Coaches Representative, where he served as a liaison between the Arizona Interscholastic Association and region coaches. While a representative, he helped organize the 5A Southern Region tournament.
“Obviously, I am very excited,” said Holthaus. ”It’s a great opportunity for me, and one that will be very challenging. I’ve known Coach Bonvicini and her staff for a long time and look forward to helping the Wildcats move to the next level.”
A 1995 graduate of Grand Canyon University, Holthaus was a Dean’s List student who earned his B.S. in elementary education. He earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 1993 and was the GCU Distinguished Male Athlete Award winner as well. He has taught physical education in the Flowing Wells School District since the fall of 1997.
“We are very happy to add Todd to our staff,” said Bonvicini. “He was very successful at Flowing Wells and very active at our camps. Todd is a tremendous addition to our staff.”
Holthaus fills the vacancy left by former assistant Shimmy Gray, who was named head coach at Saint Louis University on April 19.