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After 24 years as head coach at Paint Valley, Pete Hollon announces retirement

Brock Netter, Staff Reporter

BAINBRIDGE — It’s a decision he has gone back-and forth on over the years, but Pete Hollon is officially calling it a career.

The legendary coach announced his retirement Thursday morning after a long career spanning over 36 years, with the final 24 years coming as head football coach at Paint Valley.

“To be a coach, you have to be really selfish and right now I just want to spend time with my grandkids,” Hollon said. “My heart is breaking, but I’m also at peace.”

During Hollon’s career as coach, he complied a 154-95-1 record that included seven Scioto Valley Conference championships with three of them resulting in a Gold Ball (2000, 2003, 2018).

He guided his Bearcats to the playoffs eight times, including in this past season as they finished 8-3.

Hollon met with his players and coaching staff today and delivered a heartfelt message.

“I told the kids today in our meeting that the championships and playoff berths were fantastic, but the relationships I’ve built over my coaching career are way more important,” Hollon said. “Those championships are material things; those relationships are unbreakable. I have players who went to the military, players that are doctors, teachers, and veterinarians. I’m more proud of that than anything.”

SOSA will have additional details on Hollon’s retirement this evening.

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