Todd Holden joined the Lynx for the 2017-2018 season after seven years of coaching basketball in Japan—first as Head Coach of Tohoku University’s Men’s team, then as Head Coach of Yamagata Bank’s Women’s professional team. In his second year of coaching, his Tohoku University squad elevated from Division 2 to Division 1, and also won the prestigious Seven Universities national tourney—the university’s first championship in forty years. In his first year with Yamagata Bank, his team qualified for the First Division qualification play-in tourney, its first ever in its twenty-year history.
Holden believes in actualization and ethical development through sport. A teacher above all else, he has led dozens of skills camps for elementary, junior high and high school players, as well as organizing clinics for coaches and officials. He also believes in cultivating both aspects of the student-athlete, emphasizing growth through the application of ideas to experience.
With a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Science from Syracuse University, Holden was the first foreign tenured professor in Tohoku University’s hundred-year history. Now an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, he teaches part time in the Film and Media Studies Program at Tufts University and the Sociology Department at Bentley University.
The author of academic books, dozens of scientific chapters and papers, a column on Japanese popular culture, and a non-fiction travel memoir, Holden now pens novels of varying genres (comedic, philosophical noir, dystopian) in his spare time. His most recent is a trilogy concerning Japan’s triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in 2011.