North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Outstanding Coach Jack Holley Dies At Age Of 74

TEACHEY— Jack Holley, one of the state’s most successful high school football coaches, died at his home on Monday after a prolonged illness at the age of 74.

Holley wound up his career with the most victories ever of any high school football coach in the state with an amazing record of 412-96-9.

A 1957 New Hanover High School graduate, Holley played high school football, basketball and baseball under coach Leon Brogden, a charter member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame. His teammates included former NFL Most Valuable Player and N.C. State star Roman Gabriel.

His coaching included building the old Tabor City High School in Columbus County into a football powerhouse as well as a lengthy stay at Wallace-Rose Hill in Duplin County. He guided teams to NCHSAA championship games on five occasions. He also coached at Hallsboro, West Columbus and South Columbus.

After he had left the public schools, he coached Harrells Christian Academy to an N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state football championship. He coached for a total of 44 years.

Holley is a member of the Guilford College Hall of Fame and the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.

Funeral services are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Friday at the Thell B. Overman Field, Legion Stadium at Wallace-Rose Hill High School, conducted by Dr. Philip Gladden.