Former Chiefland coach lands in Alabama


Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
After he was fired last month, former Chiefland football coach Sam Holland worried he wouldn't be able to find another head coaching job on such late notice.
His worries were put at ease last week when he was hired as the new coach at Daleville (Ala.) High School.
The job became available June 20 when the coach the War Hawks hired in December had to resign due to family issues. Suwannee coach Bobby Bennett, an old friend of Holland's from their days as Lakeland assistants, was the one-time coach of Ozark High School not far from Daleville and called Holland to recommend he look in to the opening.
Holland faxed in his resume June 22, was asked to come up for a formal interview and after doing so was hired the next day.
"It is extremely exciting," said Holland, whose replacement with the Indians' is former Gainesville High School assistant Bobby Rast, Jr.. "This is the answer to a lot of prayers."
The War Hawks play in Class 4A of Alabama's six classification system. Daleville finished 4-6 in 2005 and last won a state championship in 1992. Kansas City Chiefs' fullback Tony Richardson is among school's alumni.
At Chiefland, Holland had just one assistant and said requests for more went unanswered multiple times. When he met the players and staff of the War Hawks, he found out he had seven assistants.
"I told the superintendent in Daleville that I was just going to go sit under a shade tree and let (the assistants) do all the work," Holland joked.
But Holland, who was set to be an assistant at Crawfordville Wakulla until the War Hawk job came open, started working immediately.
On Wednesday he handled Daleville's 6 a.m. workout where 38 players showed up. Assistants are running workouts until Holland and his family get completely moved from Chiefland to Daleville, a process he hopes will be completed next week.
The War Hawks recently built a new locker room and fieldhouse, and its bowl-shaped stadium is state of the art for high schools.
"It's just a perfect situation," Holland said. "They are extremely dedicated to football, and I'm really happy this came about."
Contact John Patton at 374-5074 or pattonj@gvillesun.com.
After he was surprisingly fired last month, former Chiefland football coach Sam Holland worried he wouldn't be able to find another head coaching job on such late notice.
His worries were put at ease last week when he was hired as the new coach at Daleville (Ala.) High School.
The job became available June 20 when the coach the War Hawks hired in December had to resign due to family issues. Suwannee coach Bobby Bennett, an old friend of Holland's from their days as Lakeland assistants, was the one-time coach of Ozark High School not far from Daleville and called Holland to recommend he look in to the opening.
Holland faxed in his resume June 22, was asked to come up for a formal interview and after doing so was hired the next day.
"It is extremely exciting," said Holland, whose replacement with the Indians' is former Gainesville High School assistant Bobby Rast, Jr.. "This is the answer to a lot of prayers."
The War Hawks play in Class 4A of Alabama's six classification system. Daleville finished 4-6 in 2005 and last won a state championship in 1992. Kansas City Chiefs' fullback Tony Richardson is among school's alumni.
At Chiefland, Holland had just one assistant and said requests for more went unanswered multiple times. When he met the players and staff of the War Hawks, he found out he had seven assistants.
"I told the superintendent in Daleville that I was just going to go sit under a shade tree and let (the assistants) do all the work," Holland joked.
But Holland, who was set to be an assistant at Crawfordville Wakulla until the War Hawk job came open, started working immediately.
On Wednesday he handled Daleville's 6 a.m. workout where 38 players showed up. Assistants are running workouts until Holland and his family get completely moved from Chiefland to Daleville, a process he hopes will be completed next week.
The War Hawks recently built a new locker room and fieldhouse, and its bowl-shaped stadium is state of the art for high schools.
"It's just a perfect situation," Holland said. "They are extremely dedicated to football, and I'm really happy this came about."
Contact John Patton at 374-5074 or pattonj@gvillesun.com.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

Comments are currently unavailable on this article

▲ Return to Top