Starting early in life, Coach Holman identified with the scripture, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). His dreams and thoughts were to always work with, as well as help young people. God allowed this dream to come to fruition.
Given the name Welton M. Holman, he came from humble roots in Monroe, Louisiana in 1946. He got an early start many years ago in the town of Richwood where he attended Richwood High School under Mrs. Francis Goins. During that time, he played football under Head Coach Mackie Freeze and received notoriety in school as an outstanding athlete. Because of his skills and ability, Mr. Holman received several offers to attend college with a full scholarship. He finally chose Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1971, he received his Bachelor of Science degree which began his journey into becoming a mentor to youth and his dream of coaching football.
Jobs began to come into the realms of his dreams: First at Delta High in Moorehouse Parish; next at Farmerville High in Union Parish; and later Bernice High in Bernice, La where he was head football coach for 2 years. Coach Holman enjoyed every moment, but was truly happy to come home and work as a teacher and coach in the Monroe City School System at Carroll High School under the leadership of Curtis Armand and Head Coach Philip Payne in 1976. The majority of his coaching days were at Carroll High School. Those days at Carroll allowed him to teach, coach and mentor some of the best students in the world. He was honored that many of those students received scholarships in education and sports and was blessed to retire in 2005. After resting a short while, he started down another path – Peabody High School in Alexandria, La. All of these endeavors were fulfilling.
To further his education before retirement, he attended Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University where he received his Masters of Science Degree. Life’s a journey that will take you many places, allowing a person to feel that he can do all things in Christ. Coach Holman’s service has been well done.