South Stokes announced they’ve hired Mike Holmes to be the school’s new head football coach beginning this fall.
“I’m excited. I love the community atmosphere, the kids have a good work ethic and you don’t find a lot of tension between players,” he said.
Holmes began his teaching and coaching career at R.J. Reynolds High School. Last year, he followed coach Paul Hall to South Stokes, where he was named the associate head coach and offensive coordinator for a team that finished 2-9 overall, but lost several close games that could have propelled them into the playoffs with the right bounce of the ball.
“I’m very fortunate to have had two coaches in my life to help mentor me and help me get this opportunity,” Holmes stated. “Coach Hall and coach Hiatt at Reynolds have given me the base to be successful and have shown me the fundamentals of coaching a team.”
Holmes will also continue coaching baseball alongside Shane Worth and will encourage the athletes to play other sports.
“I believe playing multiple sports in a rural community is a must if you want your athletic programs to be successful. One of the things I love here at South is that the coaches get along great. You want kids to understand and buy into the process and we as coaches understand we have to be flexible sometimes,” he said.
While in high school, Holmes was an all-region and all-state catcher at Chapin High School in South Carolina. After graduation, he attended Virginia Tech and received a degree in history.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.