Matt Convertino begins his 13th season as head coach of the Bulldogs. Since taking over in 2002 Convertino has guided the team to its finest seasons in school history. Holmes has seen itself rise from a last place MACJC finish in 2002 (1-11-1, 12nd out of 12 teams) to MACJC finalist in both 2012 (13-4-2, 2nd out of 12 teams) and 2006 (13-4-1, 2nd out of 12 teams).
In doing so, Convertino’s teams have rewritten the Holmes’ record books posting the program’s most shutouts, highest goals-for and lowest goals-against average, as well as the most goals scored and least goals ever allowed in a season. 2011 was a milestone for Convertino as he earned his 100th NJCAA win as well as recording the Bulldogs best regular season record in school history (11-2-1, 3rd out of 12 teams). Under Convertino, the Bulldogs were back-to-back MACJC North Division Champions in 2011 and 2012 in addition to MACJC North Division Runners-up in 2006 and 2010.
Over the last several seasons Convertino’s athletes have been honored with both Athletic and Academic recognition for their achievements. Since 2002, the Holmes soccer program has been awarded 28 MACJC All-State awards, 10 NJCAA Region 23 selections as well as 9 NJCAA Academic All-American and 7 Distinguished Academic All-American Awards.
A native of Utica, New York Convertino played two years at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, New York, where he helped the Generals win the 1994 NJCAA National Championship as well as two Mountain Valley Conference Championships and two NJCAA Region III Championships.
After attending Herkimer, Matt went on to the University of Mobile where the Rams won the University of Mobile’s first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championship and NAIA Southwest Regional Championship. The Rams also made two NAIA National Championship tournament appearances, finishing with top-10 national rankings both years.
Originally from Burkina Faso, where he earned over 20 caps for the full National Team including qualification matches for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Ousmane graduated from the University of Mobile with a bachelor ‘s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Minor in English.
Playing for Mobile, Ousmane received 1st Team Gulf Coast Athletic Conference All-Conference and NAIA 1st Team All-American Honors. Currently, he is also a staff coach with the Mississippi Rush youth soccer club. Ousmane has obtained the USSF D License and National Youth License.
Fun Fact: Ousmane can be found as a player for Burkina Faso on the FIFA ‘98 video game by EA Sports.
Originally from Brandon, Noble played for Brandon High School, where he was all Division his sophomore, junior, and senior year. Captained team his senior year, MVP of the team, All State First Team, and had the best record in school history Wesley went on to play for Francis Marion University in South Carolina, Holmes Community College, and Mississippi College. At Holmes, Noble was captain, team MVP, an NJCAA All Region selection and the all-time assist record holder for the program, and won the first ever North division title. While at Mississippi College, the team won the first ever conference championship.
He previously was a student assistant for the Mississippi College Men’s Soccer team and currently coaches for Brandon Futbol Club, where he has coached since 2010.
Wesley currently holds his USSF “D” license and his NSCAA level 5 and 6 Diploma.
Zach Villarrubia begins his first season as goalkeeper coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
He played two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where those teams won both the MACJC State Championship and Region XXIII Championship in 2009. He was named All-Region in 2009 and 2010. After MGCCC, he played at Mississippi College, where the team captured the ASC Conference title. He is currently pursuing a master of science degree in kinesiology. He holds a USSF E license and an ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist certification.
Sports Performance Coach
R.J. Barrett is the men’s soccer team’s Sports Performance Coach specializing in speed and agility training for the squad. He is a USAW Sports Performance Coach, and is also certified with National Strength and Conditioning Association, SPARQ, & Crossfit.
He has trained numerous professional athletes and not only known for his knowledge of sports performance but for his energy and compassion to train athletes. He currently resides in Madison with his wife, Kacey, and daughter, Ansley.
Keith Comish is in his sixth season as Athletic Trainer for the Holmes Soccer teams. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. He has eleven years of experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer and eighteen years of experience as a PTA , and has worked extensively with athletes from high school to professional levels and in all types of sports. Prior to working with Holmes, He was assigned to St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison. He has also worked with numerous high schools in central Mississippi. He was also on staff with the Jackson Bandits ECHL Hockey Team for four years.
Keith is from Clarksdale, Mississippi. He and his wife live in Ridgeland and are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. They have two sons who attend Mississippi State and St. Joseph Catholic School.