Raiders Part Ways With Head Football Coach

The Richland High School football program will be looking for a new coach this spring after the school parted ways with alum Mike Holt, who served one year as head coach.


Holt, a 2007 Richland graduate, spent one year as an assistant coach with the program before being promoted to head coach upon the departure of Joe Moos. The Raiders finished 2-8 in his lone year with the team, tying the program’s most wins since 2008.


“We appreciate all of coach Holt’s hard work,” RHS principal Micah Landers said in a statement. “We would like to move the program in a different direction at this time. Again, we would like to thank coach Holt for all he has done, and we wish him the best as he moves forward.”


Holt will continue to teach at Richland High School. Assistant coach and offensive coordinator Cory Pickett will serve as an interim head coach, while the program hopes to begin its coaching search this week.


“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come back home and coach at my alma mater,” Holt stated. “I thank the players and fans for an incredible ride. I will forever treasure the relationships my family and I were able to make along this journey, and I wish nothing but the best for Richland football as they move forward with the search for the next head coach.”

One comment

  • William Dubberley

    this is a horrifyingly bad Idea. What possible change in direction makes sense. 8 coaches in 11 year. maybe the problem is not the coach but the lack of understanding in the administration. Mike Holt is not just building a foot ball team but training young boys to be responsible young men. and that take trust. change a coach every year only tell the team that they can’t count on the adults in their life to be there. I would would like to know what direction they are trying to go and why they are making a decision that no parent is happy with. in fact this is not something i would like to know this is something i demand to know. I will be pursuing this with the administration. This arbitrary decision, in its current state, is completely unacceptable. It has devastated the moral of the team and broken many heart. The administration should strongly consider the wishes of the parents. that is if they want to keep their positions.

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