Coast Union assistant coach Tom Holt has been handed the reins of the head coaching position for the Broncos varsity football team for 2015. This is exactly what he’s been shooting for in his coaching career, and he’s clearly enthusiastic about the opportunity.
“Definitely, it’s always been my dream to coach at the high school level,” Holt said shortly after the announcement by Athletic Director Bill Clough, who coached the team last season.
A graduate of Fresno State (with a major in history), Holt is teaching at Leffingwell High School and serving as assistant coach for girls soccer head coach Tamara Corbet.
Holt came to Coast Union in 2013 and served as a defensive coach under Charlie Casale in 2013; he also handled defensive assignments under Clough in 2014.
His previous coaching experience was as head coach of the Madera Junior High School football team in the San Joaquin Valley (1,200 students) for five years.
“As a teacher for eight years, and one who understands the mentality of students, I have the ability to listen and be able to adapt to situations,” he said.
Before coming to Cambria, Holt had heard about the supposed “surfer mentality” of young men in this community. But in his two years here, he found that stereotype to be incorrect.
“These kids want to win. They need to achieve success, and I want to help them succeed.”
Holt hopes to be able to take the team to workshops and football camps. Holt said the Broncos football team hasn’t won a CIF championship since the year he was born, 1978. With that in mind, he’s established a weight training program beginning in January that he hopes will help the Broncos get off to a good start — better than last season, when they lost their first five games.
“With all my heart, I believe champions are built in the preseason,” Holt emphasized. “I know we’re a small program, but I think with our athletes, we should win the Coast Valley League, and also get close to other championships.”