He's been a state champion at two schools.
Now Thomson High School baseball fans hope Terry Holder will make the Bulldogs his third trophy team.
Coach Terry Holder, shown during last football season, was named as Thomson High School's baseball coach last week.
McDuffie County Superintendent of Schools Mark Petersen announced in a press release Friday afternoon that the eight-time state champion coach would take over the reins of the Thomson High baseball team next year.
Coach Holder had originally turned the job down nearly a month ago, stating that he might not be coaching long enough to get the program where he thought it needed to be. But after being approached by several community members, he contacted Dr. Petersen to say he might be interested after all.
"Everybody over there just wants to really have a program in baseball, and I thought maybe this might be something I really need to do," Coach Holder told The McDuffie Mirror. "If we can just get the program started in a good direction, that would be fine with them as well."
Coach Holder won more than 525 games in his career and was the first coach in Georgia to top the 500 career win plateau. He won five state titles at Evans and three in his three years at Greenbrier, the first three years of the school's existence.
In July of last year, Holder told The Columbia County News-Times that "If the right situation came along, I would certainly investigate it. I got rejuvenated after being away for a few years. The fire started burning again."
He retired after the 1999 school year, but got back into teaching and assisting with the football program at Thomson Middle School last year.
But after four-year baseball coach Brad Smith was relieved of his duties in early May, school officials approached Coach Holder with the job. It's one he now thinks is worthwhile, no matter how long he stays.
"I certainly wouldn't have taken the job if I didn't really feel like that they didn't have the opportunity to do something," he said. "First of all you've got the community support. It's just amazing to me how a town can just pull together like the people in McDuffie County do as far as supporting athletics."
Dr. Petersen feels the school system certainly has the right man for the job.
"We're certainly ecstatic," he said "All through this time we were trying to find the best and brightest for our people. Certainly Terry's got a tremendous reputation and lots of experience, lots of knowledge base."
First on Coach Holder's list is to schedule a meeting with the assistant coaches next week. He will also spend some time getting familiar with the facilities and assessing any supply needs. He said a meeting with the players is possible next week as well.
"I wasn't familiar with the program before, and I don't know what transpired," Coach Holder said. "I do know that we have to establish some good work habits, and get the kids to understand what's expected of them as far as getting better as individuals and then growing from that point as a team."
After initially passing on the job, Coach Holder said he is glad the opportunity was still available to help begin building a winning program out of a young team.
"I'm just very fortunate that after turning it down and then having the opportunity a few weeks later for the job to still be there, I'm very thankful for that," he said. "It could have been something good that I could have lost and wasn't able to get back."