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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Legendary high school football coach Jack Holley has died after a prolonged illness. He died Monday afternoon at his home in Teachey. He was 74.

Holley is the all-time winningest football coach in state history. He had 412 career wins against just 96 defeats in 44 seasons as a high school football head coach. He was also a 2007 inductee into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame.

Holley was also a stand-out athlete. He played on four state championship teams for New Hanover High School in football, basketball and baseball from 1954 to 1957.

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  • Ireckon

    Jack’s accomplishments and athletic talents are noted and legendary. One not mentioned and not remembered except for a few of us is that he was a catcher for the 1951 Little League Police Cubs championship team. He was an outstanding ball player then. God speed Jack! Gene (Skeeter) Page 2nd base.

  • jordan carter

    R.I.P. Coach Holley. You’ll be missed

  • Guest81

    The tremendous legacy Jack Holley leaves behind is evident through the many lives he touched not just as a coach and educator, but also as a family man. He did things right, and the life lessons he taught others have left a positive mark on many people. My prayers go out to his family during this time.

  • Mike Spivey

    I have many great memories of Coach Holley from my days at Tabor City High School. Coach Holley was a great coach but more especially he was a great man and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

    Mike Spivey
    Tabor City High School
    Class of 1972


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