Ron Holmes, a former standout basketball player at Mount Vernon Nazarene College, will be inducted posthumously into the MVNC Cougar Wall of Fame on Tuesday, February 6, prior to the team's American Mideast Conference game against Ohio Dominican College at 7:30 p.m.
Holmes, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, was considered by many as the best and most talented basketball player ever to play at MVNC. He was just 418 points shy of the school's all-time scoring record of 2,242 points entering his senior year at MVNC. However, on September 5, 1991, Holmes and his teammate, Darrin Brooks, were involved in a fatal car crash that prematurely ended their lives.
Holmes still holds eight MVNC records including most points in a season (706 in 1989-1990) and highest career scoring average (18.2 points per game). The Cougars posted a 65-37 record during his three years on the team, and they finished as the runner-up at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament in 1989.
Holmes earned many honors during his three seasons including NCCAA First Team All-American, NAIA First Team All-District twice, and All-Mid-Ohio Conference First Team twice. He was also named to ten all-tournament teams, and his #30 is the only MVNC men's basketball jersey to be retired.
Holmes will join former inductees Don Eads, Tim Belcher, Dr. Lora Donoho, Chet Foraker, Jandi (Ferrell) Smailes, Glen Noggle, Jeana Howald, Sam Riggleman, Kathy (Bailey) Stevens, Larry Pusey, Erin (Sharrock) White, Tim Myatt, Barb (Mollica) Arndt, and Mel Severns.