Saturday, April 17, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
For the last six years Jason Holcombe fulfilled a dream of being a wrestling coach in Gwinnett County. He also had a desire to work in athletic administration one day.
That decision to stay at Dacula or pursue administration came on Thursday. Holcombe resigned as Dacula's wrestling coach and accepted the assistant athletic director position at North Gwinnett.
"I've always wanted to go into athletic administration," Holcombe said. "It was not an easy decision for me to make. I wasn't looking for anything, but it kind of fell in my lap."
In his six years at Dacula, Holcombe built the Falcons into one of the state's top programs. Dacula placed in the top 10 at the dual and traditional state tournaments in 2007 and has finished in the top 15 the last four seasons. Holcombe, a 1997 Brookwood grad, posted a 111-36 dual record during his six-year tenure and had 11 state placers. Most notably he coached state champions Frankie Miller and Noah Hunt in 2008 and state runner-up Zeke Hunt this season.
"I've been really blessed to coach some great wrestlers," Holcombe said. "It's really a life long dream to coach in Gwinnett County and its been an honor to be Dacula's wrestling coach for the last six years."
Holcombe just had his seventh knee surgery and his doctor suggested he scale back on his wrestling duties. He does plan to assist North head coach Phil Daniel with the wrestling program.
Dacula returns 11 of its 14 starters, which includes five state qualifiers, next season and only graduates five seniors. The program just opened a new wrestling field house in January, which features more than two mats of wrestling space and full locker and shower areas for the entire team.
"It's been a great six years at Dacula," Holcombe said. "The team I'm leaving is a great team. They are going to be very successful next season."