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Thursday, December 06, 2018 1:00 am

Longtime basketball mentor, teacher dies

Ron Holmes, 81, coordinated summer league

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Ron Holmes, a longtime area high school basketball coach and teacher, died Tuesday. He was 81.

Holmes was a volunteer basketball coach at Concordia and taught history at South Side for 29 years.

The coach and teacher was also coordinator of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's summer basketball league, which helped high school players improve over the summer. Holmes was with the league when it started in the 1980s and contributed for more than 25 years. The league was an alternative to AAU for a large group of players and let coaches work with players during the offseason.

During his time coaching Concordia, Holmes worked with forward Andre Patterson Jr., who went on to play at UCLA. Patterson played at Concordia from 1998 to 2000.

“Tim (Reinking) and Ron (Holmes) did a lot for me when I was (at Concordia),” Patterson said in 2002. “They opened the gym for me at 6 in the morning. They worked with me during practice and after practice. I give them a lot of credit.”

Holmes served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Marine and spent 26 years in the Corps.

A Facebook post from 2015 announcing his retirement from South Side has hundreds of likes and several dozen comments congratulating him on his career.