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Trey Holloway to become next GHS baseball coach

By Richard White

Greenwood High School head baseball coach Randy Gardner recently notified Athletic Director Jerry Cecil that this would be his final season at the helm of the Bulldogs. Gardner is stepping down after several very successful seasons at Greenwood, and Fort Smith Southside assistant baseball coach Trey Holloway has been named to replace him.

Holloway has spent the past three seasons as an assistant with Craig Jones’ Southside Rebels, and before that he was an assistant at Alma. He was also strongly considered for the head job at Greenwood when Gardner was originally hired.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Holloway said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work under two great head coaches (Alma’s Kevin Edwards and Southside’s Craig Jones). I’ve been very fortunate to work under two great athletic directors – Coach (Jim) Rowland (Fort Smith) is a legend and Dr. (Mike) McSpadden (Alma) is a great leader. He gave me my first job.”

Coach Gardner entered the 2014 season with a won-loss record of 149-37, with six straight state tournament appearances, including a semifinal loss to Monticello in 2010, and championship game losses to Magnolia in 2011 and Jonesboro last year.

Gardner’s Bulldogs were 10-6 in the state tournament, with four of those losses coming by just two runs or less. His teams won five consecutive conference titles from 2009-13. The 2010 Bulldogs were the first 5A-West team to go unbeaten (14-0) since the conference realigned to the current doubleheader format in 1999. Though the team has struggled this season to recapture its past success, the Bulldogs will make another run at a 6A state title next week in Benton.

A 2001 Booneville graduate, Holloway enjoyed a rare double-double by leading the Bearcats’ football team to a state title win against Nashville, and then pitching and hitting the Bearcats to the 3A state baseball title during his high school career.

He hit 23 home runs his junior and senior seasons at Booneville, and batted an amazing .531 as a senior. He also went 12-1 with an 0.76 earned run average as a senior pitcher, topped off by a complete game victory in the state championship against Central Arkansas Christian. Holloway was also drafted by the Detroit Tigers and later pitched for the University of Arkansas.

 

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