The 2010 season marked Holdenrid’s first full season as head coach and saw the emergence of a pair of newcomers as Eureka’s top runners. Freshmen Zach Ahrends and Amanda Schreck paced the Red Devils in each of the five events in 2010, giving Holdenrid a total of four performers in her first two seasons to lead Eureka in individual events.
Holdenrid guided the Red Devils to steady improvement during the final four races of her debut season as coach in 2009. The Red Devils rapidly improved their performances after Holdenrid’s arrival, culminating with Mary Ackerman and Nathan Pritzker leading the Red Devils in the SLIAC Championships on Oct. 31, 2009.
A four-year student-athlete at Eureka, Holdenrid was a member of the EC women’s basketball team from 2003 until 2007. She appeared in 100 games for the Red Devils in four seasons, making 54 starts. She averaged 18.5 minutes per game for her EC career, scoring 181 career points. Holdenrid also dished out 121 career assists, including a team-best 68 helpers during her senior season in 2006-07.
Holdenrid was also a student-athletic trainer during her time at EC. She was a Dean’s Scholar upon her arrival on campus in 2003 and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
In addition to her duties in cross country, Holdenrid works as the Administrative Assistant in the Eureka athletics office. She has played a pivotal role in the planning and hosting of Eureka’s annual E-Tribe Golf Outing in both 2010 and 2011 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Washington, Ill., Eureka’s annual marquee fundraiser. She has also contributed to the track & field and women’s basketball coaching staffs since her arrival in 2009.
A native of Mendota, Ill., Holdenrid graduated from Mendota Township High School in 2003. She was a three-sport athlete for the Trojans, participating in cross country, basketball and track & field. She is one of five Eureka College alums currently serving as head coaches within the department, joining swim coach Jane Austin, football and track coach Kurt Barth, tennis coach Terry Beer and golf coach Morgan Murphy.