Holder resigns as Thomson coach

THOMSON – Terry Holder, one of the most successful prep baseball coaches in Georgia history with more than 500 wins, has decided to leave his position at Thomson High School.


“I just kind of felt like it was time to turn the program over to someone younger than I am – someone with a lot more energy than I’ve got,” Holder said during a Friday interview with The McDuffie Mirror.

The legendary coach said he discussed the matter with several school system administrators before he actually submitted an official letter of resignation about a week ago.

Holder, who will turn 63 on July 21, has led Thomson the past four years. He most recently guided the baseball team to a Region 3-AAA championship – the school’s first baseball region title in four decades. He also was named the region’s Coach of The Year.

During his first year at Thomson, Holder led the Bulldogs to the first round of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs. The team went a step further this year, getting to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by Northside-Columbus earlier this week.

Holder said when he took over the program four years ago that he never intended to stay a long time. After being asked repeatedly by friends to resurrect the baseball program in Thomson, he decided to take them up on the idea. It followed nearly 30 years of teaching and coaching in Columbia County, where he helped lead Evans and Greenbrier to eight state baseball championships.

“I told Dr. (Mark) Petersen, the school superintendent, and Mr. (Rudy) Falana, the principal at Thomson High, that I’d do everything I could do to get the baseball program on a good foundation,” Holder said. “I think we’ve accomplished that and now it’s time to turn the program over to someone else.”

Coach Holder said he appreciated the opportunity to have coached the Thomson baseball team.

“Dr. Petersen was most gracious in providing the assistant coaches that I told him I’d need to build a successful baseball program,” Holder said. “I remember him telling me that nothing was too good for the kids in McDuffie County. It really meant a lot to have his support and the overwhelming support we got from the community.”

Thomson athletic director Luther Welsh said he hated hearing the news.

“Terry has done an outstanding job in rebuilding our baseball program,” Welsh said. “I hate to see him leave, but I understand.”

A successor could be named as early as Monday, Welsh said.



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