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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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4 Comments on "Legendary high school coach Jack Holley has died"

2015 years 10 months ago

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.

Mike Spivey
2015 years 10 months ago

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

jordan carter
2015 years 10 months ago

R.I.P. Coach Holley. You’ll be missed

2015 years 10 months ago

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.


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