DeVonte Holloman resigned as Beaufort High School’s head football coach on Friday to seek opportunities closer to his family in the Rock Hill area, athletics director Linc Lyles confirmed Monday.
Lyles said Holloman has accepted a position at another school but declined to name the school. Multiple sources have linked Holloman’s name to the open head coaching position at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill — Holloman’s alma mater.
Beaufort High does not have a timetable to hire Holloman’s replacement, Lyles said, and the administration intends to immediate begin a search in hopes of hiring a long-term coach.
“We appreciate Coach Holloman’s time and service at Beaufort High School and wish him success,” Lyles said. “We are excited about our current football program and the direction it is headed for the near and distant future. Our youth football programs, middle school football programs, and our high school football programs from youngest to oldest are as strong as they have been in a long time.”
Holloman, 27, was a star at South Pointe High School before going on to a standout career as a linebacker at South Carolina and playing for the Dallas Cowboys until his career was cut short by injury.
He came to Beaufort in 2015 as longtime coach Mark Clifford’s defensive coordinator and was promoted to the head coaching position last season. The Eagles finished 5-6 overall and 2-1 in Region 7-4A in his one season at the helm, losing 31-30 to Brookland-Cayce in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Holloman’s younger sister died in October, and he missed the Eagles’ loss at May River, which would explain Holloman’s desire to move closer to family.
Two high-profile head coaching positions are open in the Rock Hill area — at York Comprehensive High School and at South Pointe High School, which is Holloman’s alma mater. Across the border in nearby Charlotte, the head coach at West Mecklenburg High School resigned last week to take an unspecified position in South Carolina, according to the Charlotte Observer.
This story will be updated.
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