Johnson High is promoting assistant baseball coach Mike Holland to head coach for the 2019 season, the school announced in a news release Wednesday, April 11.
Holland has spent the last five years on the staff of current head coach Jared Hodge, who announced March 19 that he’s leaving that post after five years to become the school’s new girls basketball coach. Prior to that, Holland was an assistant coach for the West Hall baseball team for two seasons.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to take over our baseball program,” Holland said in the news release. “Coach Hodge has done a great job here over the past five years, and I hope to build on what he has done. We have a great group of hard-working young men here who love the game and want to succeed. I have coached many of these guys earlier in their careers, and I am excited about where we can go from here.”
During his time with the Knights, Holland has also served as an assistant coach for the football team. He was the head coach for boys track from 2015-17.
“Coach Holland has a tremendous work ethic, and he is an excellent relationship and skill developer,” Johnson athletic director Jonathan Edwards said in the news release. “One thing has been constant in the roles that Mike has worked with our students here at Johnson, and that is a commitment to character development and hard work. We are very excited about all of the things that he will bring to our baseball program.”
Compiled by Marcus Rodrigue