Devin Holmes of Fleetville, a senior at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School, will continue her academic and athletic career at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. this fall.
Holmes will play for Georgetown head field hockey coach Tiffany Marsh in the NCAA Div. I Big East Conference. A University of Maryland graduate, Marsh helped the Terrapins win their fourth national title during her senior year and she was named to the 2005 NCAA All-Tournament team.
Holmes said she had also considered other schools such as Duke University, Davidson College and Richmond University. She said she chose Georgetown because of the university's acclaimed academic programs and Marsh's emphasis on the importance of high academic standards for athletes.
"I've attended a field hockey camp at Georgetown and was very impressed with Coach Marsh's passion for the game," she said. "She is young, personable and dedicated to her program and team. All the girls were very welcoming and work well together on and off the field. I am very excited to play for Coach Marsh and I think I can bring a strong presence and work ethic to the team."
Holmes, a four-year varsity letter winner and starter at defense, was a member of the Blue Knights' 2010 and 2011 state AA championship teams. As a senior, she was named to the Third Team All-State, the First Team Academic All-State Squad and the Citizens Voice 2012 All-Star Team. She also received the Blue Knights' Defensive MVP Award in 2012. In addition to her play for the Blue Knights, Holmes has played Futures hockey for four years and club hockey for Ka Pow Hockey Klub for four years, where she served as team captain during her junior and senior years under head coach and former Olympian Lauren Powley, a 2002 graduate of Wyoming Seminary. A Blue Knights co-captain as a senior, she helped lead the team to a 17-5-2 record in 2011 and to the PIAA state quarter-finals in 2012.
"Devin is an outstanding defender and her leadership in the back and control over the defense are two of her strengths," said head field hockey coach Karen Klassner. "She is very skilled, conditioned, versatile and a trusted leader who possesses speed and great athleticism. She has worked hard in the off-season to be the ultimate player and has always been a great role model for our younger players. She should make an immediate impact for the Hoyas at Georgetown."
In addition to field hockey, Holmes is also a four-year varsity letter winner in softball, playing center field and first base. She has served as team co-captain in her sophomore, junior and senior years and received the team's MVP award as a freshman. She enters her senior campaign with a batting average of .388, 28/31 in stolen bases and as one of the team's leading scorers.
Holmes, who plans to major in international health at Georgetown, is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Todd Holmes of Fleetville.