Tom Holden was the first to earn the honor on March 24, as was inducted along with 13 other coaches into the prestigious fraternity during a ceremony in Ann Arbor.
Coaches need to accumulate at least 100 victories and 20 years of service to be considered for the Hall of Fame. Those requirements have also been met by the coach who followed Holden at Fruitport, Steve Wilson, whose induction into the Hall of Fame is likely only a matter of time.
Holden, who currently resides in Spring Lake, has put in 40 years of coaching high school football. Aside from his head coaching duties, Holden has been an assistant coach at Spring Lake, Montague, Grandville, Grand Haven, Orchard View, and most recently, Whitehall, where he served under his son, Dan Bolden. He also coached two years at the college level at Central Michigan University as an assistant.
Holden will follow his son to his newest job this fall as an assistant at Newaygo. Dan Bolden was recently named an assistant principal and athletic director at the school, as well as the Lions’ head football coach.
Tom Holden, an Illinois State graduate, got his first head coach job in his home state of Illinois at Greenfield High, where he went 14-2-2 in two seasons. He then moved to Michigan and took over at Fruitport.
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