Holman said getting the job is truly a dream come true. He thought, however, he might have to wait another year.
“I was shocked, but I like these kinds of surprises,” he said. “I was doing a little work and my phone starts ringing and the email goes crazy, and I knew what was happening.
“The first thing that comes to mind is how blessed I am and how fortunate I am to be a head coach at a school like this. They just felt confident with me.”
Holman said he feels like the timing for the move is right, and serving as McKinley’s assistant for a year made him that much more prepared for the challenge.
McKinley has more than 800 career victories in nearly 40 years of coaching.
“When you work under a guy coach like Bob, you get a chance to learn from the best, that’s plain and simple,” said Holman.
‘I got a chance to work with a legend, to watch him during practice and see him on the sidelines during games. Words can’t explain what I got from him.
“People respect him. There’s an aura around him, and because I worked with him I feel all the better for it.”
So is there pressure working alongside a legend?
“I walk in that gym and see 800 (items commemorating McKinley’s wins) and that’s a little pressure, I admit,” Holman said. “But Bob said, ‘take it one game at a time.’
“That’s worked for him, so I am certainly going to listen.”