Holmquist named top senior student-athlete

Submitted to the Pioneer

ANGOLA, Ind. — Jared Holmquist has been named one of the winners of Trine University's top senior male and female student-athlete awards.

Holmquist, a native of Reed City, was awarded the Robert L. Greim Award, given to the senior male student-athlete who best represents the qualities of leadership, character, citizenship, scholarship and athletic accomplishment. Holmquist was honored at Trine University's 2016 Honors Day program.

Holmquist is one of the most-decorated players ever to suit up for the men's basketball program and has represented the Thunder at a high level in the classroom and in the community.

Excellence on the court and in the classroom led to Holmquist being voted the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Division III men's basketball. He also was named a finalist for the 2016 Jostens Trophy. This season's accolades also included All-Region honors from two organizations, a second-consecutive All-MIAA First Team honor, DIII News Player of the Month for November, D3hoops.com Team of the Week recognition and three MIAA Player of the Week awards.

Holmquist wrapped up his career having scored 1,538 career points, the ninth-most in team history. Holmquist started in all but one game in which he appeared, paving the way for a career that produced the second-most blocks and third-most rebounds in team history. This season, Holmquist led the Thunder to its first-ever appearance in the MIAA Championship game.

"During my 16 seasons as a college basketball player and coach, I can confidently say that I have never been associated with a team member who has had a larger impact on the growth of a program than Jared Holmquist," said Brooks Miller, head coach of Trine's men's basketball team. "It would also be impossible to quantify what an integral role Jared has had in our team chemistry through his leadership and work ethic."

Outside of Trine, Holmquist has been a visible member of the Angola community. He spent time volunteering at the YMCA with the organization's Challenger Basketball program for people with disabilities. Holmquist and his teammates also spent regular hours volunteering at the Steuben County Humane Society. His work in the classroom netted him three appearances on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

Holmquist will graduate Saturday with a degree in accounting. Upon graduating, he will begin working for an accounting firm in Grand Rapids.