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AHN Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee: Captain Daniel Holder IV (A’00)

In May 2017, Captain Daniel Holder IV (A’00) was inducted into the Academy of the Holy Names Athletic Hall of Fame. Holder attended the Academy during elementary and middle school. During this time, he earned the Four-Sport Award, participated on the basketball, track and soccer teams, and was an assistant coach of the girls’ softball team. Holder moved on to Jesuit High School where he competed on the football, basketball, track and lacrosse teams. He reached the state semi-finals for football in 2002, won the track state championship in 2003 and took home the lacrosse state title in 2004. 

Off the field, Holder volunteered hundreds of hours at various charities to help the local community. He participated in Key Club International, one of the largest student-led service programs for high school students, and he was named the U.S. Outstanding Key Club Vice- President his junior year and the U.S. Outstanding Key Club President his senior year. The Jesuit High School Key Club was named the Outstanding Key Club of the Year during Holder’s senior year. 

Holder matriculated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004, where he played Division I football and helped the Air Force return to a bowl game for the first time in seven seasons. Upon graduation from USAFA, Holder was one of only 25 officers selected for the Fall 2008 Pilot Training Class at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He has now amassed more than 3,300 flight hours and flown more than 1,100 combat hours. 

Holder and his wife, Catherine, live in Lakewood, Wash., with their daughter. He stated, “We are doing our mission so that others can succeed and survive. That caring ethos was instilled in me during my time at Academy of the Holy Names and has continued to grow through my life experiences.”

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