Dobyns-Bennett High School Names Head Golf Coach

Published on May 20, 2016 at 3:53 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Kingsport City Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Holt as the head coach for the boys’ golf program at Dobyns-Bennett High School, effective immediately.

“Michael brings a great deal of experience as a coach into this position,” said Dobyns-Bennett Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. “This is a great opportunity for our school, our student athletes, and for Michael to further develop his leadership skills.”

Holt is a native of Kingsport and a 2001 graduate of Dobyns-Bennett, where he received the Frederick Joseph Maloy Memorial Scholarship and was a member of the football team.

He began playing golf at the age of eight, and has played both competitively and recreationally throughout elementary, middle, and high school, as well as into adulthood. Holt played golf competitively on the Tennessee Golf Association Vince Gill Junior Tour (now known as the TGA Sneds Junior Tour) from 1994-1998 and has participated in many local and charity golf tournaments throughout college, as well as since returning to Kingsport. That experience has helped establish relationships with several respected local golf professionals, as well as others in the golf community. 

Holt was selected to be a member of the University of Tennessee's Professional Development School (PDS) when interning at Fulton High School in Knoxville while earning his master's degree. Upon completion, Holt and his fellow teaching interns from Fulton High School received the Chancellor's Outstanding Academic Outreach Award from the University of Tennessee for the implementation of a yearly event known as the Fulton Fall Reading Festival within Knoxville's Western Heights public housing community. 

He has been teaching English at Dobyns-Bennett and has been an assistant football coach for the last ten years serving the last ten at D-B. Prior to his time at D-B, he taught at Fulton High School in Knoxville for one year. Holt was recently selected to be part of the state's Range Finding Committee for TNReady Assessments this summer from June 6-8.

Holt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Writing and Rhetoric, and a Masters of Arts degree, with a major in English, from the University of Tennessee.

He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport and he and his wife Katie, reside in Kingsport.

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

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