Tony Holliday New Varsity Basketball Coach

Posted on 06/02/2020

Hamady High School brings back a legend in the Flint Community to coach the Varsity Boys Basketball Team, Tony Holliday. Coach Holliday explains the move, “I am extremely excited. I gave my commitment to God that at some point I would return to Flint. I hope to be more than a basketball coach to these students. Life skills can be taught alongside basketball skills.”

Tony Holliday brings more than 33 years of coaching experience to Hamady High School in the Westwood Heights School District. Most recently, Holliday coached at Livingstone College as the Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach from 2010 – 2020. Prior to that he served as Coach of the Atlanta Celtics, winning an AAU under-15 championship in 2009.

Coach Tony Holliday stated, “I see this opportunity as if I was going to coach for the Detroit Pistons, that how I see this opportunity and my level of commitment. I’m willing to take this program to the next level.”

Holliday’s Flint area coaching success is part of its rich basketball history. These include district and regional championships with the Beecher High School girls basketball team from 2003 – 2005 and district championships with the Beecher boys basketball teams from 2002 – 2003. During the 2002-2003 season, he was named the Regional coach of the Year. He led the 1995 Flint Northern Boys Team to a state championship.

Holliday has had the opportunity to see many of his players go on to have successful careers, both collegiate and professional, including Antonio Smith (Michigan State), Robaire Smith (NFL Cleveland Browns), and Marquise Gray (Michigan State). At Flint Northern High School, he coached Mateen Cleaves who helped Michigan State win a National Championship in 2000 and later played in the NBA. Holliday coached Tonya Edwards at Flint Northwestern High School. She later went on to play at Tennessee University and helped lead them to their first national championship.

“I’m honored and blessed to be returning home to see my family, former players, and coaches.” Says, Coach Tony Holliday.

Holliday earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Management from Pacific Western University in 1997.
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