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A close-up with Dupree Basketball Coach Clint Holmes

At the helm for the Lady Tigers is Clint Holmes. Even though he has only held this position for four years, Clint has bled purple and gold since birth. He is a lifelong resident of Dupree and graduated from DHS in 2009. After getting his degree from Mitchell Tech, he first worked at the CRST Telephone Authority before acquiring a position back home with the Dupree School District as their IT Specialist. 

With his love of basketball, Clint initially worked as the boy’s assistant coach for two years. When the head coaching position for the girls opened, he felt almost compelled to seek the job due to his joy in working with young ladies who want to do their best to excel at a game that brings so many people together. His four years as the head coach for the girls has made Clint excited because he believes he is building a program that he, his team, students and community members can be proud of. He further believes that the key to building a perennial power is longevity and consistency because so often girls’ coaches only stay a few years. Thus, he has no intentions for this to be a steppingstone for he has no other plans than to be the girls’ coach at Dupree High School. It is to be his career in coaching.

Clint’s immediate goal as the Dupree High School Girls Coach is no different from any other coach — to make a push for the South Dakota State Girls Basketball State Tournament. To do this he needs to get his girls to mesh as a team and not look at individual accomplishments or records. Even after his win at Gettysburg, he knows his team still has a lot of work ahead of themselves because after all Newell, Lemmon, Timber Lake, and Faith are always going to make his job tough.

He currently has his Lady Tigers at 4 and 3, but feels strongly that his young team is improving with each game. After graduating 12 seniors last season, this year’s squad is made up of one senior, one junior, seven sophomores, and three freshmen. But Chloe Dupree and Daci Lends His Horse, as young as they are, give him a solid nucleus to be great this year.

As for his home life, Clint married a local girl, Jazmyn Schrempp, and together they have two children; Paizley, a three-year old daughter, and Sawyer, a one-year-old son. So, Clint is a part of the community as well as definitely passing the purple and goal tradition on to more than just the young ladies under his tutelage.

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