Jim Holley has taken on a new role. Starting this school year he becomes the Athletic Operations Coordinator for New Caney ISD. Though it wasn’t easy to leave the sidelines for Kingwood Park Football, the opportunity was too much to pass up. “I always thought that I’d coach forever,” Holley admitted. There had been opportunities that had been presented to him throughout his career, but none of those were appealing enough for him to walk away from coaching. “This position really interested me and so did this school district,” Holley said. “Bottom line…it was a great opportunity for my family and me, an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, and so I’m really excited about this position.”
The main responsibility in his new role is Texan Drive Stadium. It will be involving the day-to-day operations of the stadium and also the game day operations. He projects that a third of his time will be spent at Texan Drive Stadium, another at various facilities in the district, and other general duties as far as athletics are concerned.
Though he has taken on a different position, he admits he may miss coaching more than he thinks. “One thing is for sure I miss the kids terribly and I knew I would, but at the same time I’m really enjoying what I’m doing and working with the people I’m with,” confessed Holley. He says the community and the administration have made the transition easier for him by making him feel welcome.
Holley said that his final day at Kingwood Park was no doubt one of the hardest days in his career. “It was tough saying good-bye to those kids and coaches,” Holley commented. When it came down to it, he let the boys know that they were going to be just fine because of who they are and what they do. “I told them it was just God’s plan for me to move on and I encouraged them to always do that for them as well, just always try to be in God’s will. Saying goodbye was tough though because they had become part of my family,” Holley continued. His favorite moment was when they defeated Brenham, a state finalist the year before, 29-24 back in 2010 for their first playoff win in school history. “It was probably one of the key turning points in the program as far as getting over the hump because those kids believed that they could beat anyone at any given time,” Holley remarked.
As far as his new role is concerned, just seeing the growth and development of the area surrounding New Caney ISD has him excited to be a part of it. “It’s exciting the things that are going on in the district and in the community,” Holley said. Not many people may know this but Coach Holley’s career started at New Caney. He was a part of the coaching staff from 1993-1999. “I feel like I’ve made a full circle so it’s exciting to be coming back to New Caney ISD,” Holley said.
Written by Mark M Johnson