Willis Holliday named next head coach of NGU Women's Basketball

Willis Holliday named next head coach of NGU Women's Basketball
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Willis Holliday named next head coach of NGU Women's Basketball

Tigerville, S.C. –Willis Holliday has been tabbed as the next head coach of the North Greenville women’s basketball program following the retirement of current head coach Jayne Arledge at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Holiday was named the successor to Arledge who has spent the last 36-years at the helm of the basketball program. He came in Tigerville in the spring of 2016 and has served as the team’s associate head coach for the past year.

Willis Holliday has more than 20-years of developing athletes at various levels of play. Holliday has spent time previously as an assistant coach and has also worked at the collegiate level as a strength and conditioning assistant at Georgia Southern University where he graduated and played basketball, helping lead his team to the NCAA Tournament in 1987.

Holliday came to North Greenville from St. Mary’s Catholic school where he coached each of the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams and taught physical education. He racked up five state championships as the coach of the girls’ team to go along with eight conference titles. Other coaching experience included time at Siloam Christian School where he was 68-7 as a head coach over five seasons.

Willis also has strong ties to basketball in the upstate of South Carolina, organizing and founding Holliday Hoops, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the skills of male and female basketball players who desire to play at the collegiate level. It is one of the nation’s premier training organizations. Holliday also had the privilege of assisting the 2001 USA High School Olympic team as it competed in Munich, Germany.

“Coach Holliday brings a great deal of knowledge and experience in basketball,” says athletic director Jan McDonald about Holliday.  “He has been a perfect fit this season as our associate head coach.  I am confident that he will transition smoothly into the head coach position and look forward as he leads at program into the future.”

Holliday along with former players and coaches will celebrate the career of Jayne Arledge this Saturday after the women’s team plays Lees-McRae. Tipoff is scheduled for 2pm with the ceremony scheduled to begin immediately following the final horn.