Holt excited for new opportunity

Scott Holt always believed he’d have an opportunity to be a head football coach again. He just didn’t know when it would present itself.

The time is now. And Cameron High School is the place.

Recently, the Marshall County Board of Education approved the move making Holt the new leader of the Dragons football program. He replaces Jim Rogers, who retired following last season after nearly two decades on the sidelines.

”It feels really good,” Holt said. ”I hoped after my last experience I would have an opportunity to be a head coach again. I didn’t know where it would come or where. I couldn’t be happier it’s in Cameron.”

Holt spent the past four seasons serving as an assistant under Rogers. He also teaches social studies at Cameron’s new state-of-the-art high school complex.

”I met with the kids (Wednesday) morning and everyone seems really excited,” Holt said. ”We hope to more forward in a positive direction and the school and the community are ready to build on three consecutive 5-5 seasons. We’re going do the best we can to give it to them.”

Holt previously served as the head coach at St. John Central for three seasons. Prior to that, the 1997 Wheeling Central graduate was an assistant coach at his alma mater for eight seasons.

”I had actually been in the running for some other jobs and pulled out of some opportunities because I really thought Cameron was a place where I wanted to be,” Holt said. ”A lot of that had to do with Jim (Rogers) because he welcomed me in at a time when my options were limited. He helped put me in a position to succeed.”

Rogers is just one of the many legendary coaches Holt has had an opportunity to serve under through the years. He said he’s tried to take a little bit from everyone he’s worked with.

”I used to tell everyone you get to to coach against a guy like Jim Thomas (former Wheeling Central coach) once in your career, but I get to do it every day with the scout team,” Holt said. ”Guys like him, Mike Young, Terry Edwards and Jim, those guys aren’t just good football coaches, but great people who taught me a lot about the things you need to do off the field in order to be a successful coach.”

Holt said he learned a lot during his first head coaching job with the Irish.

”Maybe I was a little naive coming from a program that had won a handful of state championships to a program that had 18 kids,” Holt recalled.

”I learned to be humble and I learned the your assistants and the work ethic of your kids make you, not the other way around.”