Last January, Mike Holt was hired at his dream job as the new head football coach at Richland, his alma Mater.
Now 14 months later, Holt has been fired as football coach at Richland after the Raiders finished 2-8 in 2017.
“I was called into Mr. (Micah) Landers office on Friday and was told that they wanted to take the football program in a different direction,” Holt said.
Holt is a 2007 Richland graduate and came back in 2016 and ran the Richland middle school program before becoming the high school head coach last season.
“We appreciate all of coach Holt’s hard work,” Richland principal Micah Landers said. “We would like to move the program in a different direction at this time. Again, we would like to thank coach Holt for all he has done, and we wish him the best as he moves forward.”
Before coming back to Richland, Holt was an assistant coach at Rossview, Harpeth Middle and Cheatham County.
Coming into the 2017 season, Richland had a nine game losing streak that they were able to break in a 32-28 season opening win over Perry County and a month later picked up a region 5-1A win over Franklin Grace as well.
The next coach will be the Raiders eighth head coach since the 2009 season as the Raider football program has struggled recently as their last winning season was back in 2007 when they finished 6-5 and made the Class 2A playoffs.
Since 2008, Richland has a 15-85 overall record and the 2008 year in which they went 4-6 is the last season they recorded more then two wins in a season.
The following 17 schools are looking for a new head coach: Cannon County, Chattanooga Central, Copper Basin, David Crockett, DCA, Dobyns Bennett, Houston, Humboldt, KIPP Academy, Kingsbury, Memphis East, Pickett County, Ooltewah, Richland, Sequatchie County, Sullivan North and Westwood
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