W. Basketball

Tammy Holder

Tammy Holder

  Women's Basketball Coach
  E-mail: tholder@ciu.edu
  Office Phone: 803-807-5244

Columbia International University continues to expand its new athletics program with the hiring of veteran women’s basketball coach Tammy Holder. Holder, who has over 25 years of basketball coaching experience, comes to CIU from the College of Charleston where she served the NCAA Division 1 school as an assistant coach.

Holder’s college experience also includes head coaching positions at USC-Spartanburg and Cal State University Northridge, and serving as assistant coach at the University of Richmond and the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Holder has professional experience as head coach of the Seattle Reign, the first professional women’s basketball franchise in Seattle.

Holder majored in Health and Physical Education at the College of William & Mary where she was a four-year letter winner in basketball and tennis. She finished her collegiate basketball career in William & Mary’s top-20 in both scoring and rebounding and fourth in free throw percentage. Holder earned a master’s degree in Education from the University of Richmond.

The inaugural season for CIU women’s basketball is 2013, so Holder is ready to begin recruiting for the Christian university.

“This will be a challenge, but one I enthusiastically accept,” Holder said. “I know this is the most important coaching position I have ever held, and I take this opportunity very seriously. I am thrilled to be a part of Columbia International University and everything that it stands for.”


Temple Elmore

Temple Elmore

  Assistant Coach

Temple Elmore is in her second season at Columbia International University.

The former All-America post played intercollegiately at the College of Charleston and is a member of the CofC Basketball Hall of Fame. She is the sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,599 points and is in the Thirty-Five Club with a 35-point night against Claflin College in 1983. Named first team All-America by the NAIA and Kodak, she was a three time All-District performer. She went on to play professionally in twelve countries and coach in two more.

Elmore is enjoying her 20th year of coaching. She spent the majority of her coaching career at the College of Charleston, serving for nine seasons, several of those in the role of associate head coach. She has coached two seasons at Birmingham-Southern College, Berry College, CIU, and Laurens District 55 High School. She spent one season at Converse College, Northern Arizona University, and Jeddah United Sports Company in Saudi Arabia.

Elmore resides in Laurens, South Carolina.

Coaching Career:

  • CIU, assistant coach 2014 - present
  • Converse College, assistant coach 2013-14 (1)
  • Jeddah United Sports Company (Saudi Arabia) 2012-13 (1)
  • College of Charleston, assistant coach and associate head coach 2003-2012 (9)
  • Birmingham-Southern College, assistant coach 2001-03 (2)
  • Berry College, assistant coach 1999-2001 (2)
  • Northern Arizona University, assistant coach 1996-97 (1)
  • Laurens District 55 High School 1997-99 (2)


Fred Paden

Fred Paden

  Assistant Coach


Arpit Pappu

Arpit Pappu

  Student Assistant


Christian Williams

Christian Williams

  Student Manager