Sonni Holland
Sonni  Holland

Hometown:
Piscataway, N.J.

Graduated:
93


02/20/2016

GW Officially Inducts Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016

1927 Women's Rifle, Corky Devlin, Matt Hane, Debbie Hemery, Sarah Hokom, Laura Hostetler, Ugo Oha, Dirkk Surles, David Zenk Grow Membership to 160

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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