TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) – Nakina Middle School Principal Richard Gore says if there has been one man who has had a major impact on his life, it's Jack Holley.
Gore served as manager of one of Holley's high school football team, played on his team and later coached with Holley. Now, he is leading an effort to get Holley into the North Carolina High School Hall of Fame.
"We, as a fraternity of coaches, former coaches, former players, we just feel like it is time for us to rally around him and get him nominated to the Hall of Fame," said Gore.
Holley retired last year with a coaching record of 412 wins, only 95 losses and 9 ties -- one of the best records in the state.
Gore says Holley has been more than just a coach to many of his players.
"I've seen Coach Holley carry players home in the back of his truck," explained Gore. "I've seen him take money out of his pocket and give it to them. I've seen him carry them to the grocery store to get them something to eat. A lot of people haven't seen that, I have."
Gore is asking former players, coaches, and friends of Jack Holley to contact the High School Athletic Association, in hopes of getting Holley selected for induction. He has been nominated again for consideration when the selection committee meets next month.
He also said he has not talked with Holley about the effort being made on his behalf, and said the coach would probably not like what is taking place, but said it doesn't matter, the group will push forward and hope to bring a long overdue honor to their coach, and friend.
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