With the retirement of Athletic Director Bill Clough, Coast Union Principal Jonathan Sisson said he was looking for someone with energy, enthusiasm, organizational skills, a good knowledge of athletics and the ability to work with the student athletes and coaches in the nine campus sports.
Sisson found his new athletic director in first-year Coast head football coach Thom Holt, who is also a teacher (social studies and English) at Leffingwell High School. Asked why he wanted this job, Holt quickly answered, “I like organizing. I love sports. I love athletics. And not just football, but all sports.”
The Fresno State graduate who served the past two football seasons as Broncos defensive coach for Charlie Casale and Clough, said, “I’m not just there as athletic director to supervise, I’m there to help the coaches, too. Yes, we’re a small school, but I’d like to have us play like we’re a big school.
“I’m a type ‘A’ personality. I like organizing. I’m a detailed person. That’s why I’m excited to do this job.”
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Among Holt’s first responsibilities in taking over for Clough — whose 30-year tenure at Coast Union ends in June — is to build relationships with the athletic directors in the Coast Valley League and at other schools that the soccer and tennis teams compete against.
“There’s a lot of tradition here at Coast Union, but I am coming in with some new ideas. I want to get the community more involved, I want to see more people at the games and build relationships with many of the groups in Cambria.”