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Al Holcomb is in the midst of his third season as the defensive line coach at Lafayette.
In 2007, Holcomb mentored All-Patriot League First-Team tackle Kyle Sprenkle and second-team defensive end Keith Bloom as part of the nation's top-ranked defense. The Leopards allowed an NCAA-best 260.1 yards per game and ranked fourth in the country in rushing defense (85.7 ypg) and eighth in scoring defense (16.9 ppg).
In his first season on College Hill, Holcomb coached defensive end Marvin Snipes and tackles Dan Liseno and Kyle Sprenkle to All-Patriot League honors. The Leopards led the conference in rushing defense (139 ypg). In 2007, Keith Bloom will join his senior classmate, Sprenkle, as the anchors on the defensive line.
In the summer of 2007, Holcomb participated in the NFL's minority coaching internship with the N.Y. Jets. He spent mini camp and training camp working the Jets' defense.
Holcomb has coached 29 all-conference players on the defensive side of the ball over the last 12 seasons, including six in 2007.
Prior to coming to Lafayette, Holcomb coached at Division II Kutztown University, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in 2004 and 2005 and served as acting head coach in the winter of 2005. While at Kutztown, he mentored defensive back Mike Baldwin, the 2005 PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.
Holcomb was the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Bloomsburg for six seasons, beginning in 1998, before moving to Kutztown. Bloomsburg won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship four straight years (2000-03) and made appearances in the NCAA Playoffs in 2000 and 2001. The Huskies played in the national championship game and boasted the eight-ranked defense in the country in 2000, and won the Lambert Cup both years.
Prior to his time at Bloomsburg, Holcomb was linebackers coach, assistant track coach and a physical education instructor at Colby College, a Division III institution in Waterville, Maine. In 1996 and 1997, he was the graduate assistant coach in charge of linebackers at Temple when the Owls were a member of the Big East.
A 1993 graduate of West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management, Holcomb earned his master's degree in Athletic Coaching Education from WVU in 1996. He began his coaching career as linebackers coach at Morgantown High School in the fall of 1994, and served as a volunteer administrative assistant with the Mountaineers while pursuing his graduate degree.
Holcomb and his wife, Toni, are the parents of a son, Alex, and reside in Center Valley.