A proud 1990 graduate of Fresno State University (B.A. in Communications), USA Track &Field Level 1 Certified and selected participant in the USATF Emerging Elite Coach Camp, Coach Holmes has had the rare opportunity to work and train with some of the best hurdlers in the sport. From Olympic medalists, national, collegiate and high school champions, Coach Holmes has had the unique access to learn, analyze and dissect hurdling information from hurdling's elite.

Coach Holmes considers himself as a “bread & butter” type of hurdler and says,
“Since I was not blessed with natural speed, I had to study the event of hurdling to be competitive -- this is where I gained my edge. I began my quest for hurdling knowledge my junior year of high school and -- to this day -- still crave to learn all I can about the event.”

​​One of the strongpoints of Coach Holmes’ abilities is, to take hurdlers who already possess the skills to hurdle and bringing out the very best in them.

“Hurdlers are CONSTANYLY in a state of development” states Coach Holmes. “I embrace the fact I have coached hurdlers who learned how to hurdle from others, but yet, have not been exposed to the necessary tools and technical coaching to take them to the national class, or, elite levels they desire. I provide them with those necessary tools, technical aspects and wisdom to assist each athlete reach their goals. The results speak for themselves!”


Coach Holmes still competes at the Masters Track & Field level, allowing him the ability to “demonstrate” each aspect of his knowledge; allowing his students to see how a movement is done correctly. His athletic accomplishments include:

California State Meet finalist 1985

Conference Champion & 2 x Cal JC State Meet finalist

Team Captain & American River Junior College 110 HH Record Holder

Team Captain & Conference Champion, 110HH – Fresno State (#5 all time)

2 x USATF U.S Masters 110HH Champion (World Ranked #1, 2003)

USA Track & Field Level 1 Certified Coach

USA Track & Field Registry Approved Coach

​​Selected participant in the USATF Emerging Elite Coach Camp

(The true measurement of private coaching)

USTCA All Star American Community College Champion – 400IH

​60m hurdle NAIA National Runner Up - 8.09  ​

110m hurdle NAIA National Champion - 13.97

USATF Outdoor Championships Qualifier -13.82

3 x CIF California State Meet Champion, 100 Hurdles - 13.59, 13.53, 13.17

3 x CIF California State Meet Champion, 300LH - 41.26, 40.49, 40.73

2 x CIF California State Meet 2nd place finishers, 100 Hurdles - 13.58, 13.60

2 x CIF California State Meet 2nd place finisher, 300LH - 40.96, 42.10​

CIF California State Meet 6th place finisher, 100H - 13.72​

CIF California State Meet 7th place finisher, 110H - 14.24

CIF California State Meet 4h place finisher, 300LH - 42.63

CIF California state Meet 7th place finisher, 300LH - 44.10​​

CIF California State Meet 9th place finisher, 300LH​ - 45.19

​CIF California State Meet 10th place finisher, 300LH​  - 43.52

Nike High School Indoor National Champion 60H – Girls - 8.40

Brooks PR Invitational Champion 100H - 13.35​

Silver- IAAF World Youth Championships – 100 Hurdles - 13.26

Simplot Indoor Games, Girls 60H Champion - 8.41

3 x Arcadia Invitational Section 100H Champion​​ ​ (2 x Meet Records set @ 13.55, 13.21)

2 x Arcadia Invitational Section 300LH Champion​ - 41.09, 42.52

Arcadia Invitational Section 300LH 3rd place finisher - 42.12​

​2 x Arcadia Invitational Section 3rd place finishers, 100H​  - 13.79, 13.92

Arcadia Invitational Section 5th place finisher, 100H - 13.88​

Arcadia Invitational Seeded Section 2nd place finisher 300LH - 43.99​

HHT Athletes have achieved NUMEROUS high school, league, CIF Section, Masters & collegiate hurdling record accolades, including multiple #1 hurdle national rankings, Gatorade Track & Field State Player of the Year, Mile Split New Balance All-Americans, athletic scholarships to Pac 12, Big West, Big 12 institutions and spotlight articles in Track and Field News (The Bible of our sport).

“Learning the hurdles offers great lessons for life. Life will throw many barriers within our path, but if we stay focused, practice and apply what we’ve learned, we will only improve ourselves & our lives for the better!”

Richard Holmes - Owner, HHT