Holden's 40 years of coaching capped with Hall of Fame induction

Fruitport has had only two varsity football coaches during the past 40-plus seasons and both will likely be in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the not-to-distance future.
Nate Thompson
Apr 6, 2012

 

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.

To read more of this story, see today's print or E-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.
 

Comments

DKS523

His last name is Holden... his son's name is Bolden?

 

Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on GrandHavenTribune.com? Create a new account today to get started.