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February 20. 2013 2:20AM
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Jeffrey N. Hollway has been named the new head football coach at Wyoming Seminary, school president Dr. Kip Nygren announced Tuesday.


Hollway, of Carrollton, Texas, was the head football coach at Greenhill School, Addison, Texas. He has served as assistant and head football coach, head lacrosse coach and physical education teacher at Greenhill since 2005. He will also be Seminary's associate director of athletics and associate director of admissions. He will begin work at Seminary on July 1.


As a coach, my first objective is to win, guide the team and give the players the opportunity to be successful. But we also have a responsibility to each individual that goes beyond the football field, said Hollway. Our greatest measure of success is the outcome after their experience at Sem and the quality of life, both personal and professional, that our students enjoy after they leave us.


Prior to being named Greenhill's head football coach in 2010, Hollway coached the Hornets' offensive line, defensive line and outside linebackers while coordinating all special teams. He was responsible for coaching and directing the middle school and varsity programs at Greenhill, a private, coeducational day school for grades prekindergarten-12. He led the Hornets' boys lacrosse team to four consecutive winning seasons and three consecutive appearances in state playoffs. He was named Texas High School Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 2009.


Jeff Hollway is the right person to restart our tradition of a winning football program at Sem. He brings energy, knowledge and great enthusiasm for coaching the athletic development of our students. We are fortunate to welcome him and his family to the Sem community, Nygren said.


A 2003 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Hollway was a two-time NCAA Div. III All-American center in football and three-time All North Coast Athletic Conference award winner in football and once in lacrosse. He served as captain of the football team in 2002. Both programs were nationally ranked in the top 25 during his four years on the teams and the lacrosse team won the NCAC championship twice during his career. As a postgraduate student at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn., he was captain of both the football and wrestling teams and was the wrestling MVP in 1999.


Hollway will direct Seminary's storied football program, which began in 1884 and has produced many successful college and notable professional football athletes. The football program has been on a two-year hiatus since 2011 due to a drop in the number of student-athletes who were interested in participating in the sport. The varsity program compiled a 511-339-48 record through the 2010 season.


Seminary is on track to rebuild the football program and resume play with a junior varsity schedule in the fall, Nygren said.




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