Fayette County


Whitewater High names Holley new head football coach

Bryan Holley has been selected as the new head football coach at Whitewater High School.

A new era of Whitewater High School football is here, but the Wildcats have no intentions of letting their winning tradition slip away. After knowing only one coach in program history in Amos McCreary, Bryan Holley has been selected as the new head football coach and tasked with taking the Cats back to the top.
“I’m very thankful for Amos McCreary and (Principal) Rabold for bringing me here three years ago and giving me the opportunity they gave me. I’m just trying to carry on the tradition here and do the best we can,” said Holley.
Among a number of promising candidates, Holley stood out as the right choice.
“Coach Holley was the best fit for the program. He had been a football coach in Fayette County for a number of years and understands the Fayette County way of doing things,” said Whitewater’s Principal Roy Rabold. “He has worked at WHS for three years and understands what my expectations are for the students, both academically and athletically. He has been associated with winning programs in the past both as an assistant and as a head coach. I feel that he is the person to bring change to our program. WHS has always had a successful football program and to get us back on track we need to institute some changes. I felt he was the right man for the job.”
Holley, an assistant at Whitewater since 2013, brings a wealth of coaching experience to the job. Before moving to Georgia and eventually coaching at Starr’s Mill from 2004 to 2013, a run that included a state championship game appearance, he started his career in Kentucky, working 11 years, with five as a head coach. He’s eager to get to work shaping his squad through hard work and preparation.
“My head is spinning a little bit because it’s a lot to do in a short period of time,” said Holley, who is working to put his staff together and hoping to retain a number of current Cat coaches. “We were very young last year, but sophomores become juniors and juniors become seniors. They do grow up, so we’re very excited with what we’ve got coming back and very excited with what’s coming in with the rising ninth graders.”
Those returning contributors that battled through a tough 2015 campaign will benefit from the year of experience, more than most young players have to build on. Holley is excited to get to work with them soon. Spring practice is slated for the first two weeks of May and should be a big springboard for an offseason of growth.
“Hopefully we can build on that experience in spring practice and keep right on rolling.”
Whitewater will kick off the 2016 season with the first official game under Coach Holley August 26 at home against Union Grove.