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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.

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  • robster May 16, 5:25 p.m.

    Anyone from Pasture Branch?

  • Faison May 16, 4:13 p.m.

    I graduated in 1999 mythoughts22.

  • skinnycow May 16, 3:21 p.m.

    @scoop

    JJ Miller is my cousin and I went to school with Callie Wade she was a year behind me but we use to hang around the same people...aint the world just small? LOL

  • Scoop May 16, 3:20 p.m.

    @Geisha Girl

    I got a lot of family in the Deep Bottom and Chinquapin areas. I use to hang out with JJ Miller from time to time and I am kin to Callie Wade (well I guess her last name is Mints now)

  • skinnycow May 16, 3:14 p.m.

    @scoop

    It wasnt like there was a lot of places to hang out in the area. But when I do go home I see how Wallace is trying to "move-on-up" so to speak. LOL...I am from that Deep Bottom tribe that went to school at Chinquapin but grad from East Duplin...lol

  • Scoop May 16, 2:59 p.m.

    Geisha Girl

    I graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill in 1996, I may know you. You know James Kenan, WRH, Clinton, and East Duplin all hung around the same spots. lol

  • skinnycow May 16, 2:52 p.m.

    @moonpie

    sorry, ddnt mean to call you out...LOL...and it dsnt make you sound old..just aged....8-)..kidding

  • moonpie May 16, 2:31 p.m.

    Geisha Girl, I graduated in 1973....that makes me sound old!

  • robster May 16, 2:10 p.m.

    East Duplin's had some pretty good teams the past 15 years or so, right?

  • skinnycow May 16, 1:32 p.m.

    @Moonpie

    I too graduated from East Duplin in 1996. What year did you graduate?

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