Freshman guard Stephan Holm found his passion for basketball in seventh grade while growing up in Riverton, Utah in a family of 12 kids and his widowed mother. He now finds himself playing Division I athletics for the Bobcat men’s basketball team, where he said has ultimately realized his determination to do well. “To prove that I can play with the best, that’s what inspires me and motivates me to keep working,” he said.
Holm says that coming to NCAA Division I basketball was an adjustment right after high school, but he was drawn to the coaches and teammates at MSU and the college town atmosphere of Bozeman. He has additionally learned how to manage a hectic lifestyle now that he is a student-athlete. “Balancing everything just has to do with time management and understanding that you can’t be a normal college student. We have more of a reputation and responsibility to hold up.” These components along with his academics are a full load for Holm and his teammates, since they practice two hours a day and travel quite frequently during their season.
Holm has plans for his academic ventures while at MSU along side with his goals as an athlete, “I want to get a degree in engineering or agriculture, I’m undecided. Also, a major goal is to make the NCAA tourney and to host the Big Sky Conference tourney here in Bozeman.” He explains that he would also like to play professionally after college. With his 22 points, a season high, contributing to their victory against Southern Utah last week, he has already shown fierce talent and drive as a student-athlete, that will unfailingly carry into all other endeavors in his life.