OAKWOOD — Johnson High School announced Wednesday that Mike Holland will take over the Knights baseball program at the conclusion of this season.
Holland will take the reins from Jared Hodge, who is shifting duties to assume control of the Johnson girls basketball program.
Holland has seven years of baseball coaching experience as an assistant between both West Hall and Johnson and has been coaching at Johnson for the past five years in both the baseball and football programs, as well as serving as head boys track coach from 2015-17.
“I am so thankful for the opportunity to take over our baseball program," Holland said via press release. "Coach (Jared) Hodge has done a great job here over the past five years, and I hope to build on what he has done. We have a great group of hardworking young men here who love the game and want to succeed. I have coached many of these guys earlier in their careers, and I am excited about where we can go from here.”
Both Johnson Principal Stan Lewis and athletic director Jonathan Edwards are pleased to promote Holland.
"During his time here, Mike Holland has demonstrated a standard of excellence that will serve our baseball program well: a strong work ethic, a commitment to character, growth, and improvement," Lewis said. "He has high expectations for himself, his players, and his students. His loyalty to JHS and the school’s overall vision are strengths that did not go unnoticed in this process. We are excited about him starting a new chapter for us.”
“Coach Holland has a tremendous work ethic, and he is an excellent relationship and skill developer," Edwards said. "One thing has been constant in the roles that Mike has worked with our students here at Johnson, and that is a commitment to character development and hard work. We are very excited about all of the things that he will bring to our baseball program.”
Holland is married to Jessica Holland, and they have three children, Kingston, Khalissa, and Korbin.