No one can deny that Terry Holder is a winner on the diamond. The formerly retired baseball coach of Evans and Greenbrier who now teaches P.E. at Thomson Middle School won more than 525 games in his career.
In his coaching days, he won five state titles at Evans and three in the first three years of Greenbrier's existence. He was also the first coach in Georgia to rack up 500 career wins.
And as Coach Holder talked about Jimmy Lewis' recent 500th win at Harlem, he rattled off the names of only three other coaches in Georgia to achieve that kind of success, putting the two local guys in an elite group.
"It was a milestone as far as my career and certainly something that I will always cherish," he said. "I was fortunate enough to have good players and fortunate enough to have good coaches, so we certainly share that with everybody that was a part of it."
Coach Holder has much respect for Coach Lewis and has fond memories of the many times their teams faced each other on the fields of Columbia County.
"We've had some good battles over the years," he said. "I think Coach Lewis may be as good a high school baseball coach as there is in the state of Georgia."
He said the fact that multiple storied programs and two 500 game winners came out of the same county says that something is being done right from the bottom up.
"I think that speaks well for certainly the baseball in the county, from little league and recreation ball right on up," he said.
Despite his past success on the diamond, Coach Holder said he is content where he is at TMS.
He said he got back into education because he missed working with the kids and to experience a high-level football program, not to coach baseball.
"I always thought I'd enjoy middle school because I had a middle school coach when I came along that I admired a lot," he said. "I'm just really thankful for this opportunity to be able to be in such a good football situation. I really love football."