May 8, 2018 - GoFundMe Page Set Up for Coach Brian Holm
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, former Pleasanton Seahawk and Reno Aquatic Club coach, Brian Holm, had a tragic accident while skiing alone at Squaw Valley off the Headwall chair in the chutes of Cornice 2. After dropping in, his skis crossed and he crashed at the very top of the chute, instantly dislocating his right shoulder. Unexpectedly Brian's skis ejected from his bindings giving him nothing to stop his momentum before entering the chute. Brian did all he could to stop his slide, but the steep slope and his momentum shot him over the face of the chute into a free fall of 15 feet or greater. The impact broke his back in two places: the lower lumbar #2 was broken, and #3 exploded into pieces, which sent bone shrapnel directly against his spinal cord.
Brian was patrolled off the mountain and transported by ambulance to Reno’s Renown Regional Hospital where he had emergency back surgery the following day. Brian was not paralyzed, however, he is suffering from severe nerve damage. Brian spent 8 days in the hospital before a transfer to Reno’s Renown Rehabilitation Center.
Although Brian is in great spirits, he has a long journey of recovery ahead. Brian was discharged on Saturday May 5th and will continue his therapies on an outpatient basis. If you would like to support Brian, please follow this link to his GoFundMe page