Brad Holland holds the distinction of being the last player to be recruited and signed to a scholarship by legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden. Holland never got to play for Wooden, who retired in 1975, but enjoyed a successful career at UCLA that included a Final Four appearance in 1976 and an All-American honorable mention after averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 assists a game his senior season in 1978-79.
He also holds the distinction of being the other player the Lakers selected in the first round of the 1979 NBA draft -- they took Magic Johnson with the No. 1 overall pick and Holland at No. 14. Although he mainly served as a role player on the team, Holland helped the Lakers clinch the 1980 championship with eight points in a 123-107 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
"What a feeling it was to watch the clock wind down knowing you were about to become world champions," the 6-foot-3 guard told the Bruin Basketball Report in 2006.
Holland was a star at Crescenta Valley High, averaging nearly 35 points a game and scoring more than 50 points on two separate occasions.
After his three-year career in the NBA, he became a coach, serving as an assistant at UCLA from 1988-92, head coach at Cal State Fullerton from 1992-94, head coach at University of San Diego from 1994-2007 (he's the Toreros' all-time leader in coaching victories with 200) and an assistant at UC Santa Barbara.
In April 2010, he became the chief professional officer of the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.
Feb. 12, 2011