Larry Holman had always hoped to lead his own basketball program someday.
Along the way, he fell in love with his latest stop as an assistant at Weatherford College, and the result was a perfect match.
On Oct. 22, Holman was named head coach of the Coyotes. He had served as an assistant for the team since 2008, first under Dave Donnelly and last year under coach Bob McKinley.
McKinley worked double duty in the 2011-12 season. He has been the long-time coach of the Lady Coyotes.
McKinley will continue to coach the Lady Coyotes, who enter the season ranked fifth nationally in the NJCAA. He is also athletic director.
“Larry’s ready, he’s paid his dues,” said McKinley. “He’s more than qualified to take over these responsibilities.”
Holman previously worked as an assistant at Plano East High School, Sul Ross University and the University of Texas-Dallas.
Holman inherits a team that returns a pair of key players after finishing 14-13 and getting back to Region V Tournament last season after an absence of a few years.
Returning are 5’11” sophomore guard Deon Willis from Arlington, who started about 50 percent of the games, along with 6’10” sophomore forward Eric Stubbs from Kansas City, who started about 25 percent of the time.
Holman said he feels as though staying in-house to name a new men’s coach will also be key to the team’s success this season, and will help him feel a lot more comfortable at the helm.
“It’s a big advantage. I’m familiar with the school, the players, everything around,” he said. “It’s easy to slide into that chair.
“With me being here, it’s going to be a whole lot easier on the players. It’s tough when players get a new coach and don’t know what to expect.”