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Holloman, Lowther take positions at Beaufort High

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – The Beaufort High coaching roster will have two new names in the category of head coach when the 2018-19 school year begins in a few weeks.

Back in December, the school announced the hiring of Devonte Holloman as the next head football coach, replacing Mark Clifford, who stepped down after 14 seasons with a 109-59 record at the school.

Holloman was promoted to head coach from Clifford’s staff, serving as defensive coordinator for the 2017 season. He was on staff at Beaufort for three seasons.

  “Coach Holloman is not only a terrific teacher of the game of football, he’s also very gifted when it comes to connecting with young people about the issues they face in their daily lives,” said Beaufort High Athletic Director Linc Lyles.  “In my experience, that’s unusual for someone at such an early stage in his career.  He’s a proven winner, and we’re confident that he’ll bring his winning spirit to Beaufort High School.”

As a high school player, Holloman played on two North Carolina state championship teams at Charlotte’s Independence High and one South Carolina state championship team at Rock Hill’s South Pointe High.  Holloman, along with South Pointe teammates and future NFL stars Jadaveon Clowney and Stephon Gilmore, went on to play for the University of South Carolina, where Holloman was a three-year starter at safety and linebacker.

Holloman was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft.  His best game during his rookie season was an 11-tackle, two-sack performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.  He suffered two neck injuries while with the Cowboys, the second of which forced his early retirement in August 2014.

At his hiring announcement, Holloman said he was excited about his new challenge.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity,” he said. “My goal is to build not just solid football players but also successful young people.  I want to prepare them for the next level, whether that’s college, the workplace or the military.”

Taking over as the varsity boys basketball coach is Will Lowther, who was hired earlier this spring. Lowther spent eight seasons as an assistant at Greenwood High and also served one season as the head coach at South Aiken.

Lowther is the third coach of the program since 2015 and inherits a team that finished 2-20 a year ago, but had only two seniors on its roster.

 

 

 

 

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