Denise Holmes
Denise Holmes
Title: Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Previous College: University of Southern Maine

A former University of Southern Maine women's basketball player, Coach Denise Payette-Holmes has been a part of basketball in Maine for the past 35 years as both an accomplished player and as a successful coach.  

Enjoying successful stints as both the junior varsity and varsity roles at Scarborough, Portland, South Portland, Waynflete and Gorham high schools, Coach Payette-Holmes has coached and played in several Maine State Championship games. During her time at Gorham HS, Coach Holmes helped guide the Rams to a State Championship.  

Coach Payette-Holmes' greatest success game during her time as head coach at Windham High School.  During her 11 years at Windham, she led the team to an overall record of 136-85, while qualifying for postseason play all 11 seasons.  She set the school record for all-time career wins and was named the 1997 Maine Basketball Coaches' Association Coach of the Year.  

As a player, Coach Payette-Holmes played at South Portland HS, helping the Riots to a State Championship game.  She continued her career at the University of Southern Maine before accepting a contract to play professionally in Ireland where she was the MVP during the 1985-1986 season.  

Coach Payette-Holmes resides in Gorham with her son Camerson and her daughter Mackenzie.