Mike Budenholzer Student-Athlete Scholarship
The Mike Budenholzer Student-Athlete Scholarship seeks to honor and encourage athletic
and academic excellence. From his humble beginnings as a Holbrook High School
student-athlete Mike went on to become the two time National Basketball Association Coach of
Mike Budenholzer, a native of Holbrook, Arizona, was a prolific basketball player and
all-around student-athlete at Holbrook High School. He participated in football, basketball and
golf while attending Holbrook High School. His work ethic both in the classroom and on the
playing field was a model for all student-athletes at HHS.
After high school Mike attended Pomona College, where he was a four-year letterman in
basketball and golf and was named the Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1993. He graduated with a
bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.
He went on to play professional basketball in Denmark where he averaged a team-high
27.5 points per game while also serving as head coach for two teams of the club’s youth system.
At the start of the 1994–95 season, Budenholzer was hired by the San Antonio Spurs of
the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a video coordinator. He held that position for two
years when coach Gregg Popovich named him as the youngest assistant coach in the NBA.
Coach Budenholzer won four NBA championships as an assistant with the Spurs.
Coach Budenholzer became a Head Coach for the Atlanta Hawks in 2013. In 2015 he led
them to the first 17-0 month in NBA history and a record 60 wins and their deepest playoff run in
48 years. For this achievement he received the Red Auerbach Trophy as NBA Coach of the
The Milwakee Bucks named him Head Coach in 2018 where he led them to the Eastern
Conference Finals and again won the NBA Coach of the Year. The New York Times did a profile
on his upbringing in Holbrook. “There’s no doubt in my mind that my background there has
helped me navigate life in the NBA.”
Coach Budenholzer’s mark on HHS athletics is unprecedented and his legacy will
continue to inspire future Roadrunners through the Mike Budenholzer Student-Athlete