Larry Holden is out of basketball exile.
The former Beavercreek High School boys basketball coach coaches Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla. In 2005 he was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame on the strength of 376 wins and only 156 losses in 24 seasons. He coached the Beavers for 20 years (seven Western Ohio League crowns, three district titles and two regional final appearances).
Holden returned to the sidelines in 2006, taking over a rebuilding Mitchell program that is reaching fruition this season. His teams are still known for their vaunted half-court sets and tenacious defense. He hadn’t coached since his messy resignation from Beavercreek in 1999.
“I still have the passion to coach,” Holden told the St. Petersburg Times. “I enjoy working with young people very much, and I missed it. This looked like it was a good opportunity to get in and get back in it.”
Holden told the Tampa Tribune: “The one thing I missed, which is unbelievable, was the national anthem. When I’m coaching, when the national anthem is playing, I’m so daggone nervous and I missed that. That feeling just before the tip-off is just indescribable to me.”
Holden was immediatley impressed with the aircraft carrier-sized flag inside the Mustangs gym.Tweet