ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - South Pointe High School is turning to a former player to lead its football program. 2009 graduate DeVonte Holloman was named the new head coach at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Holloman played on the first ever South Pointe state championship team in 2008 along with current NFL stars Stephon Gilmore and Jadeveon Clowney.
“I’m extremely excited to be home,” said Holloman at today’s press conference. “A place where I helped win the first state championship in school history. I’m extremely proud to say this is where I graduated high school and where I played football.”
“We had many well-qualified candidates apply for the job, but after the interviews one of them rose to the top and we are very excited to bring a former South Pointe football player back to The Corral to serve as our head coach,” said South Pointe athletic director Adam Hare in a press release provided by the school. “Coach Holloman comes with a new energy and outlook that will help motivate all of our student-athletes.”
Holloman played college ball at the University of South Carolina. He was an outstanding student-athlete as he was on the Butkus Award Pre-Season Watch List, Dean’s List and the SEC Academic Honor Roll. On the field for the Gamecocks, he had 150 tackles and 4 interceptions as a linebacker and safety.
Holloman was in the NFL in 2013 with the Dallas Cowboys but a serious neck injury ended his career after one season. A personal story that will help these future Stallions who are dreaming big in a place that produces a lot of NFL talent.
“I think it gives them a real perspective,” said Holloman. “I had dreams of a long career and just like that, it was over. So I had to fall back on my academics, my degree, and things like that that kids don’t think about these days so my story will really make a difference in some of these kids lives for a lot of different reasons."
Holloman is still a young man in this coaching game. He is only 27 and spent the last 4 years at Beaufort High School-- three as a defensive coach and last year as the head coach. Last season, the Eagles went 5-5 in the regular season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
At South Pointe, he will have some big shoes to fill. In 13 years, the Stallions have won 6 state titles, but he doesn’t feel the pressure of trying to keep the winning tradition going.
“I have high expectations myself,” said Holloman. “Those are the only expectations I try to live up to. Nobody can put more pressure on me than I already put on myself.