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Meet the Staff

We are here to provide you and your family with the best men's basketball experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.

Brandon Linton

Head Coach

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Brandon Linton, who has a wide range of coaching experience in Division I and III and in the NESCAC, has been hired as the next head coach of the Tufts University men's basketball team.

Linton has led the Nichols College program since 2019. When he took over the Bison, they were coming off a conference championship season in which they advanced to the NCAA Elite 8. Coach Linton succeeded at the difficult challenge of keeping a team on top, guiding the 2019-20 Nichols team to 21 wins, another Commonwealth Coast Conference championship and an NCAA berth.

Prior to that, Coach Linton spent five seasons as an assistant on the men's basketball team at Army West Point from 2014-19. He has familiarity with NESCAC through two seasons (2012-14) at Bowdoin College.

"We are very excited to welcome Brandon to Tufts as the head coach of our men's basketball program," said Director of Athletics John Morris. "Brandon has demonstrated a passion for mentoring student-athletes, helping them develop and grow in all aspects of their lives, and using the basketball court as a classroom to prepare them for life after college. Under Brandon's leadership, I have no doubt our men's basketball program will build upon its tradition of academic and athletic excellence, develop strong relationships with our alumni, campus colleagues and local community, and provide our Jumbo student-athletes with a transformational educational experience that is the hallmark of Tufts Athletics."


James Holmes

Assistant Coach

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James Holmes joined the Tufts University mens basketball staff in the summer of 2023. In his first season as top assistant, Holmes led the Jumbos to a 21-8 overall record, including a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Jumbos finished the season ranked 14 th in the country. Holmes also helped develop Sophomore Scott Gyimesi to NESCAC First Team All-Conference Honors, as well as NABC/ All-Region Honors.

Holmes joined the Jumbo staff after serving as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for the previous two seasons. During his time at RPI, Holmes helped the Engineers to 42 wins including an appearance in the Sweet 16 in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. He also was part of the 2022 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year after helping the squad finish the year ranked No. 21 in the poll. 

Prior to his time at RPI, Holmes was was an assistant for two seasons at Oswego State in Oswego, NY, where he helped the Lakers to a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2019 along with a SUNYAC title. Holmes also had a two-year stint as a graduate assistant and student assistant at his alma mater SUNY Oneonta. In addition to his coaching appointments, he has experience working camps at Columbia University, Yale University, University of Virginia, Dartmouth College, Skidmore College, University of Rochester and the University of Albany.

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