It was during this period that Coach Holbrook, along with Joe Devine and Reggie Lanier, built what at the time was considered the stadium weight room, located on the visitors’ side of the stadium. Today that building serves as the locker room for the visiting football team.
Mr. Holbrook’s love for football and the Lincoln County community led to his involvement in coaching youth football. He coached the Rotary Rams, 1982-87. He coached kids that were on the 1993 Lincolnton High Two-A state football championship team, including LHS greats Charles Briggs, Anwar “Goo” Wyatt, Dutch Leonard, Cheron Farley and Brian Littlejohn, just to name a few, as the younger Holbrook informed.
“He loved watching the Wolves play football,” he said. “He rarely missed a game, despite the record of the Wolves or the opponent. My dad, while watching college and pro football, really only had one team, and that was the Lincolnton Wolves. He talked football year-round. He especially loved the Maiden rivalry, because Dad got his hair cut by Brett Deaton in Maiden.”
For the elder Mr. Holbrook, the perennial rivalry between the Lincolnton Wolves and the Maiden Blue Devils was the rivalry to end all rivalries.
And the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. The younger Holbrook has followed in his father’s footsteps.
“One of my hobbies is coaching football,” he recently informed. “I have 18 years of coaching experience, with 10 years here at LHS. Currently, I coach the varsity defensive backs and serve as the college football co-ordinator. In the past, my coaching experience includes coaching the offensive line, defensive line, linebackers (and being the) head junior varsity coach and offensive co-ordinator.”
Coach Holbrook’s life was one well lived. He was truly a fan’s fan.
“Overall,” his son continued, “Dad loved being around the black-and-gold fans, not to mention he liked speaking with our coaches at LHS. Dad’s favorite moment was in 2007, because he and I got to share that Two-A state championship moment together. I told my dad that one day, I would get a state championship. Well, that win over South Columbus (the state championship, in which the Wolves defeated the Stallions, 28-14, 10 years ago) was like a Super Bowl win for him.
“Now if we were out of the postseason, he would ride with the Lincolnton coaches to play-off games and state championship games,” he added. “Dad became ill this fall, and the boys dedicated the win over West Lincoln to him. My dad would pass at 8:24 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, during the second quarter of the Lincolnton-Lake Norman Charter game. My dad would have been proud of how far this team has come along this season. Overall, my dad, Jason Holbrook, bled black and gold––a true Wolf fan all the way!”
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