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Sonni Holland
Sonni Holland

Piscataway, N.J.

Sonni A. Holland was a four-time letterwinner in basketball for the Colonials between 1989 and '93. He ranks 12th on the all-time GW men's basketball scoring list with 1,467 points and started at forward on the University's first two men's teams to compete in postseason competition in 30 years.

As a sophomore in 1990-91, Holland and his teammates, coached by newly-appointed coach Mike Jarvis, narrowly missed winning the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship (losing at Penn State in the finals), but earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament and finished the season 19-12. That season he was named the team's MVP and earned second team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors.

Two years later, Holland captained the Colonials to a 21-9 campaign, which included a a pair of NCAA Tournament victories (over New Mexico and Southern at Tucson, Ariz.) and a "Sweet 16" matchup against eventual NCAA finalist Michigan and its talented--but tainted--"Fab Five" at Seattle's Kingdome.

Holland, who played five seasons of pro ball in Europe and South America ('93-98), finished his playing career in 1998 and took a job with the Boys and Girls Club of America as Director of Operations in Paterson, N.J. Two years later, he joined the Charles Hayden Foundation, a New York-based charitable organization which focuses on youth groups in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, as its Community Development Officer.

In 2001, Holland was selected to the 23-player GW All-Century Men's Basketball Team. Now 32, Sonni and his wife, the former Halene DeHart, reside in Piscataway, N.J., with their infant daughter, Janeva.

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