Jonas Holdeman is in his third year as the women's head cross country coach and assistant track coach in charge of the women's distance program.
Holdeman brings over 10 years of youth, collegiate, and post-collegiate coaching experience to the Lady Tiger cross country and track programs. In addition to serving as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach in Knoxville, Tennessee in the early 1990s, he has coached numerous successful post-collegiate distance runners and triathletes. He spent the two years prior to his arrival in Memphis as the head track & field and cross country coach of the men's and women's sports club programs at the University of North Carolina.
A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and U.S. Women's Track & Field Coaches Association (USWTCA), Holdeman is a USA Track & Field (USATF) Level III certified coach in the Endurance events. He also holds the Level II certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He actively trains and competes, and, in addition to a Top 100 finish in the 2000 Boston Marathon, Holdeman won the inaugural St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002.
In 2004, Holdeman was named to the Board of Directors of the Arthur Lydiard Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the world-renowned coach's legacy.
Holdeman graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Shakespeare Studies in 1986 and received his MBA in Strategic Management and Marketing from UT in 1996. He is married to the former Elizabeth Walker of Ripley, Tennessee. They have one daughter, Avery.
Holdeman began the rebuilding process of the Memphis women's distance program with a recruiting class in 2003 that brought in eight new freshmen signees. Coming from throughout the United States and Canada, Holdeman has assembled a group of athletes to build a solid foundation for the future. He has continued to build the women's distance corps with the addition of runners in the form of transfers and walk-ons.
During the 2004 season, the Lady Tiger cross country team had the most successful season in recent history, garnering the top women's team result in Memphis' history in Conference USA. Sophomore Daniele Riendeau also claimed the first ever top 20 individual finish for a U of M woman at a C-USA meet. The U of M team showed great improvements over past years and from meet to meet as the 2004 campaign progressed. As a whole, Holdeman `s squad saw at least five runners set personal records in each meet.