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Who are Shaheen Holloway's parents? The upbringing of St Peter's head coach

Joshua Rogers March 25, 2022
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St Peter’s are on an incredible run at this year’s NCAA Tournament and take on No.8 UNC in the Elite Eight tonight. Here, we take a look at Shaheen Holloway’s parents, and the close relationship with his mother.

The 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s Peacocks are the undoubted Cinderalla story of this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Jesuit university located in Jersey City, New Jersey, only has about 3,500 students, and have only made the tournament four times in the school’s history.

They caused the two biggest upsets this year, knocking off No. 2 seed Kentucky, No. 7 Murray State, and No.3 Purdue. On Sunday, they take on No.8 UNC for a place in the Final Four.

It’s the biggest game in the school’s history, and in their young coach’s career. Here, we explore Shaheen Holloway’s parents, salary and more.

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Head coach Shaheen Holloway’s parents and grandmother

The St Peter’s head coach was born on 7 October 1976, in Queens, New York, United States. Shaheen Holloway’s parents are father Martin Hollis and mother Claudette.

Holloway grew up in South Jamaica, Queens, which was a tough inner city that he was keen to get out of. When he younger, Shaheen moved in with his grandmother, Emma Clemons, in Hillside, N.J, who he says taught him a lot.

“One of the best ladies you’re gonna meet in your life,” he told The New York Post. “A person that cared about me, not the basketball player, but the person. Taught me a lot. When I came to Jersey, she kinda was like a sweet mom to me.”

His relationship with his mother

Shaheen’s mom Claudette is described as a “tough, single parent, [who] raised three kids (Shaheen, his brother, and sister).” He describes his mom as “tough, fiery, and one of the best [moms] in the whole wide world.”

Shaheen’s father wasn’t in his life growing up, and he admits he still has no idea where he was growing up. Holloway managed to come through adversity and is excelling at St Peter’s, something his mom is extremely proud of.

“She’s super-proud, man. She’s my biggest fan,” he said of his mother. “Her and my grandma [Dorothy] are my two biggest fans. They call me all the time. Those are two people that I do it for. I worked so hard growing up for them because I still owe them a house. I promised them that someway somehow I’m gonna get it for ’em.”

Shaheen now has a wife, Kim, as well as two children – Xavier and Tyler. You can read more about them, as well as Shaheen’s basketball career, here.

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Shaheen Holloway’s salary at St Peter’s

Holloway’s win over No.2 Kentucky was undoubtedly his greatest coaching achievement to date. The victory is even more impressive given the huge salary discrepancy between Holloway and Kentucky’s John Calipari.

USA Sports’ Steve Berkowitz reported that Holloway was paid little more than $266,000 in 2019. Calipari, on the other hand, was reportedly paid about $8.5 million this season:

As SB Nation’s Jeff Sharon highlights, St. Peter’s entire athletics budget ($7.5 million) is less than Calipari’s salary alone.

Peter Thamel, college football senior writer for ESPN, reportedKentucky’s four assistant coaches also make more than Holloway:

Thamel adds: ‘St Peter’s is considered by many the hardest job in the MAAC. It exists in a different solar system than Kentucky in terms of budget, facilities and support. Credit to Shaheen Holloway. This is truly an all-timer.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.