Shaheen Holloway became the 15th head coach of the men’s basketball program at Saint Peter’s University in April 2018.

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Holloway’s success with the program continued during the 2020-21 tilt, his third season, leading the Peacocks to another top-three MAAC finish by way of a 10-8 conference mark and 14-11 overall record. It was the first time since 2015-16 and 2016-17 that the program has had back to back 10+ MAAC win seasons and the first time since 2009-10 and 2010-11 that the Peacocks posted consecutive seasons with 10 or more MAAC wins and an overall winning record. The squad’s third place finish, combined with 2019-20’s second place finish, secured the highest back-to-back rankings in consecutive seasons since 1987-88 and 1988-89. Additionally, the team reached the semifinal round of the MAAC Championship for the first time since 2018.

Holloway has guided his student-athletes to their fair share of recognition over the course of his tenure. Most recently, in 2020-21, Saint Peter’s produced the NCAA Division I leader in blocked shots, a Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Team member, the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, two All-MAAC selections, a MAAC All-Championship Team choice, a pair regional honorees and a program record five student-athletes to the MAAC All-Academic Team. Personally, Holloway was named a national finalist for the Ben Jobe Award by during that campaign, as well.

In just his second season at the helm of the men’s basketball program, Holloway was named as the 2020 The Rock MAAC Coach of the Year. He became the third head coach from Saint Peter’s to win the conference’s top coach award, joining Bob Dukiet (1982) and Ted Fiore (1987, 1989, and 1991). Holloway guided the Peacocks to an 18-12 overall record and 14-6 MAAC mark, good enough for a second-place finish, which was the team’s best finish in the league standings since 2016-17. Under his watcj, the team made the biggest NET Rankings improvement in the MAAC and the 14th-best improvement nationally from 2018-19 to 2019-20, rising by 105 spots. The 14 league wins under Holloway tied the program record for most conference victories in a season and the team’s nine MAAC home wins were the most ever by the program. His team also won 11 games at the Yanitelli Center in 2019-20, the most in almost 30 years, having last been done in 1990-91. Holloway’s squad ended the campaign as the conference leaders in field goal percentage defensive, rebounding margin, offensive rebounds, offensive rebounding percentage, blocked shots per game, and total blocks. Additionally, he guided the program to a MAAC record four major awards, a program record of four Peacocks to five All-MAAC teams, a MAAC record three freshmen to the All-Rookie Team, and a league-record five individual freshmen to MAAC Rookie of the Week awards.

The men’s basketball team opened the 2018-19 campaign with a 93-86 overtime home win against Lafayette to jump start Holloway’s first year at the helm. The Peacocks closed out the regular season as winners of 3 out of 4 games, improving two spots on the MAAC final leader board. Holloway’s squad advanced to the MAAC quarterfinal round after defeating Marist 71-68 in the first round. His duo of senior leaders in guard Davauhnte Turner and forward Samuel Idowu were some of the top-ranked players in the MAAC. Turner ranked top-10 in scoring, assists, steals, free throw percentage, and 3-point field goals made, being named to the All-MAAC Third Team. Idowu became the program’s fifth player to surpass 100 career blocks and finished his career fourth all-time in blocked shots, while leading the MAAC in blocked shots. Holloway’s teams, behind the rim protection of Idowu and freshman KC Ndefo, led the MAAC and ranked third nationally in blocked shots to close out the 2018-19 season.

Holloway brings superlative credentials to Jersey City after spending the past eight seasons as the associate head coach at his alma mater, Seton Hall, under Kevin Willard. With Holloway on the sideline serving as Willard’s top assistant, Seton Hall became one of the BIG EAST’s premier programs, winning the 2015-16 BIG EAST Tournament title for the first time since 1993. In the last three seasons from 2016 to 2018, Seton Hall recorded three straight 20-win seasons, the first time the program had done that since 1991-93, and three straight BIG EAST seasons of 10 wins or more for the first time in program history. Holloway helped Seton Hall advance to the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons and in 2018, the Pirates won the program’s first NCAA Tournament game since 2004 with him on the bench. The Pirates also climbed back into the national rankings on multiple occasions. The Pirates enjoyed being ranked by the Associated Press 15 times with Holloway aboard since 2010, and this included a No. 13 ranking on Jan. 8, 2018, the highest the program had reached since 2001.

With Holloway serving as the lead recruiter, the Pirates experienced an abundant amount of success during his tenure, producing three Associated Press All-America honorable mention selections, 12 All-BIG EAST selections, three BIG EAST All-Rookies and 36 BIG EAST All-Academic team selections. His recruiting ability helped Seton Hall produce a top-15 national recruiting class in 2014 which included Isaiah Whitehead, the program’s first McDonald’s All-American since 2001, who went on to become a 2016 NBA Draft pick; Angel Delgado, the 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award National Center of the Year and BIG EAST all-time rebounds leader; and Khadeen Carrington, who finished his Seton Hall career as the ninth all-time leading scorer in program history.

Prior to joining Seton Hall, Holloway served on Willard’s staff at Iona, where he helped turn the Gaels program around. Inheriting a team that went 2-28 in 2006-07, Holloway and Willard recruited and coached student-athletes to one of the greatest turnarounds in college basketball history as their 2009-10 team won 21 games to complete a 19-win turnaround in only the third year of the administration.

During his original stint on the Seton Hall coaching staff, Holloway was an administrative assistant for head coach Bobby Gonzalez from 2006-07. Holloway was responsible for coordinating film exchange, analyzing game tapes and assisting with scouting of opponents. He supervised fall conditioning as well as the year-round weight training program. Holloway was also responsible for academic progress reports for team members as well as the organization of all aspects of team travel for the Pirates.

Holloway started his coaching career serving as an assistant coach at the high school level at Bloomfield Tech.

Holloway was a four-year standout at Seton Hall from 1996-00 and helped lead his team to the 2000 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, where he hit the game-winning layup in overtime to defeat Oregon in the NCAA first round. A 2012 inductee of the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame, Holloway’s preeminent playing career landed him in the Seton Hall record books as the all-time assist leader with 681, 17th in scoring with 1,588 points, fourth in steals with 231 steals, and eighth with 185 three-pointers in 116 games. In 2000, he was named the BIG EAST’s Most Improved Player, while earning All-BIG EAST status three times and All-Metropolitan accolades in each of his four seasons at Seton Hall.

After his collegiate success, Holloway played professionally in England for the Chester Jets and London Towers as well as a season in Ulm, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey. Back in the U.S., he had stints with the Brooklyn Kings of the USBL and Newark, Las Vegas and Chicago in the ABA. He was invited to three preseason NBA camps with the Knicks, Nets and Golden State Warriors.

The Queens, New York, native was a McDonald’s All-American who played at St. Patrick’s High School in nearby Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Holloway has three children, sons, Xavier and Tyson, and a daughter, Shatanik. He is married to Kim Holloway.

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Holloway about to shoot during a game (2006)
Saint Peter’s Peacocks
Position Head coach
League Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born October 7, 1976 (age 45)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school St. Patrick
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)
College Seton Hall (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 2000–2007
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2007–present
Career history
As player:
2000–2001 Hapoel Holon
2001–2002 Chicago Skyliners
2002–2003 Chester Jets
2003 London Towers
2003–2004 İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi
2004–2005 Ratiopharm Ulm
2005 Marineros de Puerto Plata
2005–2006 Jersey Express
2006–2007 Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs
As coach:
2007–2010 Iona (assistant)
2010–2018 Seton Hall (assistant)
2018–present Saint Peter’s
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach: