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 John Holladay 

John Wayne Holladay was a sophomore quarterback at Appalachian High School in 1988 when he set the AHSAA single-game passing record with 461 yards in a 47-46 double-overtime loss to Oakman. He completed 27 of 41 passes for five touchdowns that game. Holladay was named to the ASWA honorable mention All-State team as a sophomore.

Following his sophomore season at Appalachian, his father, Lee Holladay, took the head coaching position at Meadowview Christian in Selma for one year before leaving for a job in Graceville, Florida. John would graduate from Graceville High School in 1991.

Holladay played quarterback at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and graduated from the college.

He landed his first head coaching job at Brilliant in 1996 where he remained for three years before taking over the program at Hamilton High School in 1999. His record at Hamilton was 47-24 with all but one of his teams making the playoffs in six years.

In 2005 he accepted the head coaching position at Clay-Chalkville for two seasons. His teams finished with a 19-5 record and a couple of playoff spots.

In the fall of 2007 Holladay took over the program at Walker where he has remained for the past seven years. Each of his teams have qualified for the playoffs and the Vikings won a region title in 2012. He stepped down after one game of the 2013 season.

His last fourteen teams have made the playoffs.

His father, Lee Holladay won over 200 games at a number of schools in Alabama and Florida during his 40 plus years as a football coach.

Johns brother, Trey, was also a high school football coach at Coffee Springs, Coffeeville, Sweet Water, Lynn and Smiths Station through the 2004 season. He led Lynn High School to the 1996 Class 1A State Championship game. Trey was named principal at Oxford High School in 2005.

Known Record:  149-88-0   62.9%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Etowah2019 5A9-23862190-11342R6#6-026776
 1 Year9-23862190-113426-026776
Tuscaloosa County
Tuscaloosa County2018 7A3-7159286R31-671226
Tuscaloosa County2017 7A2-8157350R31-6110269
 2 Years5-153166360-0002-12181495
Buckhorn2016 7A5-5300254R42-5181189
 1 Year5-53002540-0002-5181189
Walker2012 5A8-42792021-13037R6#7-022179
Walker2011 5A6-52871560-11217R65-222266
Walker2010 5A10-24541511-14240R66-127276
Walker2009 5A9-33561421-13935R66-223773
Walker2008 5A11-24431762-18082R67-127573
Walker2007 5A8-33131540-11627R66-119486
 6 Years52-1921329815-621923837-71421453
Clay-Chalkville2006 6A9-23462230-12840R7#7-0249123
Clay-Chalkville2005 6A10-33672322-16755R7#4-114688
 2 Years19-57134552-2959511-1395211
Hamilton2004 4A9-43473192-16383R85-2185163
Hamilton2003 4A10-24082481-17182R86-1247122
Hamilton2002 4A8-32741860-12829R85-2173124
Hamilton2001 4A3-7206317R80-7120257
Hamilton2000 4A7-42832230-1633R84-3170157
Hamilton1999 4A10-43882163-112172R152-18749
 6 Years47-24190615096-528929922-16982872
Brilliant1998 1A3-7159271R100-21560
Brilliant1997 1A5-5205155R91-22936
Brilliant1996 1A4-6153178R91-23651
 3 Years12-185176040-0002-680147
 21 Years149-886270465813-1461667482-4735072443

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