FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — On December 4th, 2018, long-time Concordia Lutheran High School Basketball Coach, Ron Holmes died. Holmes also taught social studies at South Side High School for 29 years.
Holmes served in Vietnam as a Marine and carried that “no non-sense” mentality to the players he coached.
“To the players, he was someone who challenged them to be their best. He did not put up with any disrespect. He didn’t put up with them giving a half effort.” Former Concordia Coach Tim Reinking said. “It was also in a way that he wanted them to play better.”
Holmes spent 25 years coordinating and contributing to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department’s summer basketball league. This is where he helped young athletes develop skills in the off season. His dedication to the basketball community was admirable.
“The best thing about Ron, an amazing thing, his humbleness,” Reinking said. “He was 25 years older than I am. He somehow was humble enough to go from someone’s assistant to a head coach, and transition to my assistant. I never once felt that he was disloyal or didn’t have my back. That’s a tremendous skill that I wish I could have, but I only have great admiration for Ron,” Reinking said.
The services for Ron Holmes are not set yet.