In his first year as Springfield's head coach, Holder led the Pride to a 14-3 dual meet record. Springfield captured the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Duals Championship and finished second at the NEWA Championships. Under his direction, Springfield finished the season ranked 21st nationally and had three wrestlers at the NCAA Championships, with Derrick Longo and Joe Grippi earning All-America honors.
A native of Danville, N.H., Holder had been Daryl Arroyo’s top assistant for the previous four years at Springfield College, where he has served not only as an assistant wrestling coach, but also as an adjunct professor. Springfield College’s wrestling record in that time frame was 47-32 for a .595 winning percentage. SC was also the NEWA champion in 2011.
His association honored Holder by naming him the NEWA Assistant Coach of the Year for 2010-11.
As an assistant coach, Holder was involved in all aspects of the Springfield College wrestling program. From conducting practice sessions, to recruiting, to organizing championships at SC, such as the 2009 NEWA Championships, the 2010 NEWA Dual-Meet Championships, and the NEWA JV Wrestling Championships from 2008 through 2011.
Jason previously served as varsity head wrestling coach at Plymouth State University for two years from 2005 through 2007. His teams finished seventh and eighth (of 15) in the NEWA end-of-season standings.
Holder had an outstanding career as a wrestler at Boston University, from where he received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 2003, and his master’s in education, health, PE, and coaching in 2004. Holder is presently working towards his doctorate in physical education with a concentration in teaching and administration.
At Boston University, Holder was a four-year starter and four-year captain of the wrestling team. He was a three-year All-Conference athlete, and an NCAA Division I National Qualifier in 2003. He was also a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at BU from 2001 through 2003.
Prior to BU, Holder wrestled at Timberlane High School in New Hampshire, where he was a three-time NH State Champion, a two-time New England Champion, and a high school national All-American.
In addition, from 1997 to the present, Holder worked in various capacities – as a mental health counselor, a trip leader, and a camp counselor -- at the Adventurelore Programs in Danville, N.H.