Born and raised in Portageville, Missouri, Roy Booker has made basketball his life’s work. As a celebrated high school player he was awarded All Conference, All District, and All State.
After a stellar high school career he earned his Associate’s Degree at Allen County Community College where he was celebrated as Junior College All American on the basketball court, scoring the 2nd Most Points in a Single Season only behind former NBA Star JR Rider. Roy Booker was rated the 3rd Best Junior College Shooting Guard in 2002 by Rick Ball Scouting
While at Allen County Community College Booker earned a scholarship to attend the University of Montana. Booker then transferred to Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). At SEMO Booker received his Bachelor’s Degree, and was named Ohio Valley All Conference, Newcomer of the Year, Top 15 in scoring (Division I), and still holds the record for Most Points in a Single Season (Division I).
Following SEMO, Booker began his professional basketball career spanning 13 years, 5 continents, and 23 countries. Booker led leagues across Europe and Australia, receiving the Leading Scorer title 9 times, Leader in Assists five times, and was repeatedly recognized as an outstanding talent in international circles. Upon retiring from professional basketball, Booker transitioned to coaching as the Head Assistant Coach at Rend Lake Community College, serving primary roles in recruiting and player development.
Tommy Holder, a native of Carbondale Illinois, started his college coaching career as hot as any coach could hope for, helping guide Rend Lake Community College to back to back NJCAA tournament berths, and in the second year winning the National title. Also while at Rend Lake personally recruiting 3 NJCAA ALL American’s, 9 Great Rivers Athletic All Conference members, and 27 Region 24 All Region members in a 9 years span at RLC. In 2019 Holder was awarded Region 24 Coach of the year honors as a Head Coach.
Prior to coaching at Rend Lake Community College Holder served as an assistant coach at Brehm Preparatory School for 3 years. At Brehm, Holder helped coach and develop over 20 student athletes that received NCAA Division 1 and 2 scholarships. In those same years Holder helped Coach the Illinois Titans AAU team, which won a AAU National title in 2008, and sent over 25 athletes to the NCAA Division 1 and 2 Levels.
As a player Holder played Division 1 basketball at SIUC, and also Rend Lake Community College. At both stops his prospective teams had great success. Before his collegiate years Coach Holder played for Carbondale Community High school, where as a senior he helped lead his team to 4th place in the Illinois state tournament.