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By Derrick Smith

Some people stumble into coaching, where it was not really something that they had planned but it just happened. And then there are others, like Kia Holmes, whose mother, Karen Moore, was a softball coach and the only thing she wanted to do was be a coach. 

“I have never wanted to be or do anything other than coach,” she said. “My mom is a coach and some of my earliest memories are getting to sit on the bench behind my mom or bus rides with her and her teams from Okay or Oktaha. But mostly I got to see first hand the impact that she had on players. 

“I have always been a student of the game and that is something I strive to continue to be. There are so many good coaches in our area that I have learned so much from over the years just by watching them and picking their brains on how they do things.”

Holmes is in her thirteenth season at Oktaha High School and coaches a few different sports. She is the head coach for high school and junior high fastpitch and slowpitch softball teams as well as head coach for the girls basketball team. She and her husband Sam have three children, Preston, BrenLee, and Kam.

The impact of both of her parents is what Kia says helps her lead her teams. 

“My mom and dad were and still are the biggest influences in my life,” she stated. “They both instilled in my sister and me things that I try to instill in my own kids and my players. Hard work, competing every day even when you don’t feel your best, and being a good teammate are all things that were always important to my parents and are important to me.”

There have also been other coaches that have shaped Holmes into who she is today. 

“My high school coach, Darrell Wood, is still, in my opinion, one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to softball. I learned so much playing for him but mostly you had to be tough to play for him. I also had great college coaches in coach Rick Carbone at Connors State College and coach Dee Gerlach at Northeastern State University, who were also really great people.”

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