Bill Holleman Tribute
Today, in addition to the teachers our players have recognized earlier, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize a very special member of the Peachtree Ridge Academic and Soccer Community. Recently, Lion’s Director of Student Activities and Athletics, and Varsity Girl’s Coach Bill Holleman reached an incredible coaching accomplishment. Coach Holleman recently secured his 600th career high school win when his Varsity Girl’s team beat the Aiken High School Hornets on March 11, 2011, by the score of 5-1. His current record stands at 609 wins, 182 losses, and 43 ties.
In his 39th year of coaching, his contribution to the sport has gone well beyond his incredible win-loss record. At Campbell College in North Carolina, Bill discovered two of the great passions of his life: his wife Kay and the sport of soccer. Coach Holleman was a main stay on the Campbell College team, where his fascination and love for the game would grow and become an important part of his life’s work.
After graduating from Campbell in 1968, Bill started his High School teaching and coaching career at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he compiled a 224-37-13 record. His 1977 and 1978 teams were North Carolina State Champions. During this same period of time, Coach Holleman founded and served on the board of the Raleigh Soccer League, predecessor to the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), which has grown into more than 15,000 members.
In 1979, Coach Holleman and his family moved to Atlanta where he began a 14-year stint as the Athletic Director and Soccer Coach at Lovett High School. At Lovett, he compiled a 189-50-23 record. His 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1989 teams won all-classification state championships. He was also active in the club soccer ranks in Atlanta, and he is recognized as the founder of the Concorde Soccer Club. His club teams won five state club championships and two regional championships across four different age groups, with his U-16 team earning a trip to the National Championships. From Lovett, Coach Holleman moved to Shiloh High School where his 2003 team once again propelled him to the top of Georgia High School Athletics. On the way to his 5th Georgia state high school championship, he compiled an 18-3-1 record.
In 2004, Coach Holleman became the inaugural Director of Student Activities and Athletics at Peachtree Ridge High School. At Peachtree Ridge he started the Lion’s soccer program from the ground up.
His career has not been limited to the sidelines, as he played a key role in the 1994 FIFA Men’s World Cup and served as President of the Birmingham Alabama Olympic Soccer Organizing Committee.
He has been inducted as a member of the Campbell University Athletic Hall of Fame, The Ravenscroft School Hall of Fame, The Georgia Soccer Hall of Fame, The North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame, North Carolina Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Capital Area Soccer League Hall of Fame.
He was recognized as a Regional Coach of the Year in 1978, 1985, and 1989 by the National Soccer Coaches of Association of America and National High School Coaches Association.
He earned the distinction of National Soccer Coaches of Association of America “National Coach of the Year” not once, but twice, in 1989 and again in 2006.
Starting in 1942, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America began recognizing one individual annually whose contribution to the sport of soccer and to coaching sets them apart from their national peers. Bill Holleman was given this most prestigious honor in 2001.
While his accomplishments in the sport of soccer are many, his true success is not measured by the winning teams he has coached, the organizations he has led, or the awards he has received, but rather, by the players he has taught and coached over the years. The impact Coach Holleman has had on the lives of thousands of students and soccer players across the southeast United States goes well beyond their accomplishments on the field and carries over to the success most of them now enjoy in their lives.
If you will focus your attention to the center of the field, Dr. Kevin Tashlein, Peachtree Ridge Principal, will present Coach Holleman a memento from the Peachtree Ridge Soccer Community for this incredible accomplishment.
Please join Peachtree Ridge High School and the Peachtree Ridge Soccer Lions as we recognize the accomplishments of Coach Bill Holleman here today, and we thank him for the tremendous impact he has had on our sport and the lives of so many student athletes.