Terry Holder was emotionally touched when a friend announced that the baseball batting cage at Thomson High School was being named in his honor.
The announcement came during a party at the residence of Dick and Cheryl Williams last Saturday night to commemorate Thomson High's first baseball region championship in 40 years. Members of the team later gathered for a trophy presentation.
Coach Holder recently told his team and others that he will not be returning for another season. The legendary prep baseball coach, who helped guide the Bulldogs to the state playoffs in both his first and fourth seasons, has decided to retire for the second time in recent years.
"This is mighty touching," said Coach Holder after being presented the sign from Mr. Williams proclaiming where the players take batting practice as "The Terry Holder Batting Cage."
The batting cage was made possible through private donations from various businesses and individuals. A fundraising campaign was put together by Coach Holder and two of his assistant coaches, Aaron Hall and Jason Osborn.
Mr. Williams, who along with his wife, is a big supporter of the baseball program at THS, commended Coach Holder and his assistants for their success in baseball the last several years and for their hard work.
"They have all done a wonderful job with our baseball program," said Mr. Williams, who prepared grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings for the weekend baseball party, which included players and others having fun swimming and diving in the Williams' pool.
A painting of the THS baseball field and Adam McCorkle Press Box also was presented to the 62-year-old Coach Holder. The painting was done by Haley Tam, a rising senior, who serves as one of the team's statisticians.
Coach Holder, along with Coach Hall, Coach Osborn and Asst. Coach Wes Harrell each received framed photographs of themselves from games this season. The photographs were taken by Amanda Jenkins, whose son, Brett, plays on the junior varsity team.