Wallace-Rose Hill Coach Jack Holley Retires
Posted May 15, 2007
Jack Holley, the legendary football coach at Wallace-Rose Hill and winner of more games than any coach in North Carolina history, has decided to retire.
“He’s been around for 44 years - that’s a long time,” said Wallace-Rose Hill principal M.D. Guthrie, who said Holley informed him of the decision last week.
Holley won 379 games at the high school level, a state record, but never won a state title. His Bulldogs lost to Thomasville by one point in the state 1-AA championships in 2004 and 2005.
But Guthrie said Holley wasn’t driven by trying to return for another year and another shot at a title.
“That’s not as important to him as the everyday being around the kids,” Guthrie said. “He loves to win but he showed a lot of class [in the two losses].
“Winning, that wasn’t his ultimate goal. His ultimate goal was to help kids and be around them.”
Holley, 68, began coaching in 1964 at Tabor City High and also coached at Hallsboro and South Columbus. His teams were known for being tough, aggressive squads that played great defense, depended on the run and rarely made mistakes.
Holley could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Guthrie said he is just beginning to consider who will take Holley's place as the Bulldogs' coach.
"You can't replace somebody like that," he said.