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6/19/2013 8:53:00 PM
SHS' Holt steps down as baseball head coach
TONY HOLT
TONY HOLT
By Ron Holt


Coach Holt recorded his 700th coaching victory recently, along with his 300th high school baseball coaching win.

During his productive career, Coach Holt led two teams to a pair of firsts.

In 1989, he and assistant coach Todd Smalley led Stillwater's American Legion team to the program's only Majors State Championship. That accomplishment came at a time when Legion baseball was at its best in the state.

The Legionnaires had to win a four-team double elimination district tourney, a best-of-three Zone tourney against another district champion and an eight-team, double elimination tournament to capture the state crown. Stillwater advanced to the Mid-South Regional in Lafayette, La., where it won a game and lost a pair of one-run contests before season's end.

Glencoe had never been to state in basketball in its history but during his tenure he guided the boys' basketball team to the Class A State Tournament in 2000. The Panthers' won two overtime games before losing in the state championship to Fort Cobb-Broxton.

That success laid the foundation for more success to follow at the school. During that state tourney run, Coach Holt was told by his younger physical education students that they were going to state when they got older. That group, which was led by Talby Justus, won the state tournament. Coach Justus told Coach Holt that team used the silver ball as motivation to return to state.

During his tenure, Coach Holt developed numerous friendships with coaches and former players, friendships that will endure. His coaching style included never backing down from any opponent, always believing his team could win and old school discipline along with compassion and concern for every player.

A former Legion player for Coach Holt recently commented that he treated everyone equally and always played the player he thought was best.

Coach Holt wouldn't want to be remembered any other way.





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