Originally created 05/29/99

Holder passes torch



Terry Holder officially passed the baseball torch to Ed Williams on Friday.

The legendary Greenbrier coach handed his assistant the reins of the three-time Class AAA state champion Wolfpack program. Williams takes over for Holder, who has a 526-138-1 career record and eight state championships.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure, but it's going to be a lot of fun trying to get back to that level," Williams said. "With the coaches and players coming back, it'll be a lot of fun."

Williams has been coaching baseball for 10 years and has been with Holder for the last nine years at Evans and Greenbrier. Williams played second base under Holder at Evans from 1980-82.

While Williams has been under the Holder tutelage for three consecutive Greenbrier Class AAA state championships, he says his coaching style will be different.

"I've got to be myself," Williams said. "I can't go out and try to be like coach Holder. I can't do that. That wouldn't be fair to me or to the kids out there. I've got to do things my way and be my own personality. I hope enough rubbed off on me from Terry where I can carry a lot of the things he has taught the kids and preached to the kids about and where he has been successful. There's only one coach Holder."

While Williams takes over for his former coach, he hasn't forgotten him.

"What he taught me on the field carried over to college and to my life with my family," Williams said. "He's more than just a teacher of baseball, he's a teacher of life."

Chris Gay covers Columbia County sports for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 868-1222 or cag112@hotmail.com