Holland Introduced As Central Oklahoma Coach

Former high school coach named 11th head coach in 102-year history

Dec. 28, 2007

From Central Oklahoma Athletics


EDMOND (www.bronchosports.com) -- Tracy Holland was introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Central Oklahoma during a Thursday afternoon press conference, becoming just the 11th head coach in the 102-year history of the illustrious program.

Holland has experience on the high school, college and professional level and comes to the Bronchos after a three-year stint as head coach at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond.  He replaces Chuck Langston, who was relieved of his duties on Nov. 14 after a five-year tenure.

"What an honor it is to be the head coach at UCO," Holland said before a gathering of media, friends, family and players in the suites area of the Wantland Stadium press box.  "This university is about excellence and it demands the best from its students, staff and administrators and I'm proud to be a Broncho.

"UCO should be on the national stage and we should be competing for championships.  We're going to do the things we need to do to build this program back and I'm excited about being here."

Holland is no stranger to NCAA Division II, having started his coaching career at Northern Colorado in 1989.  He also served as general manager and head coach of the Frankfurt Knights of the Football League of Europe and was head coach at Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City before going to OCS.

An all-conference defensive back as a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Denver, Colo., Holland played at Northern Colorado and earned his bachelor's degree there in 1978.  He worked in private business from 1978 until going back to UNC as an assistant coach in 1989.

Tracy spent four years with the Bears under then-head coach Joe Glenn (now head coach at Wyoming), with the team going 27-16 and making two appearances in the Division II playoffs.

Holland took over as GM/head coach at Frankfurt in 1993 and spent five seasons with that professional franchise as one of the leading pioneers in getting the Football League of Europe established.

Holland came to Oklahoma in 1997 due to health problems experienced by one of his five sons and went to Heritage Hall as an assistant coach in 1999.  He became head coach in 2002, guiding the Chargers to two Class 2A state semifinal appearances and a 31-9 record in three years at the helm.

Tracy went to OCS in 2005 as head coach, taking the Saints to the Class 2A playoffs in two of his three years for their first two winning seasons since 2000 and finishing 18-14.

The 51-year-old Holland is married (Jill) and has five sons -- Zachary (26), Chase (25), Eric (20), Chad (19) and Tucker (18).  Eric was a student manager for the UCO football team in 2007, while Chad was a redshirt linebacker for the Bronchos.

What Others Had to Say About Tracy Holland:

Joe Glenn (Holland's head coach at Northern Colorado, now at Wyoming):  "Although he was gone from our staff by the time we won (Division II) national titles in 1996 and 1997, Tracy played a huge role in the foundation we set for those great teams at UNC.  He is as smart as they come and not only is he a great coach, but he always impressed me with the way he took care of his family through all the medical issues and decisions he had to make in moving to Europe and back to the United States."

Kay Dalton (former Denver Broncos assistant who coached with Holland at UNC):  "Nobody could get any higher rating from me than Tracy Holland.  People like Tracy always leave a lasting impression on you.  He is extremely intelligent and I can assure you nobody will be more motivated.  He will do a great job of recruiting in the homes of young football players."

Andy Bogert (coached with Holland at Heritage Hall, now the head coach there):  "Tracy is the most organized coach I've ever been around and he's a superb communicator, from every kid to every coach to every parent.  He is great with the players; every practice and game plan is scripted and detailed to the max.  People around Tracy catch his contagious spirit.  He's one heck of a great football coach."