By ERIC VICCARO
Ever since Derek Winn was a student at Bowie Junior High School, he wanted to coach.
Winn was ecstatic on Facebook last week as Holliday athletic director Frank Johnson named him as new head girls’ basketball coach.
“I decided to take an opportunity to further my career goals,” Winn said on his personal Facebook page.
“Basketball was my first love,” Winn added, “and I am very excited about this new opportunity, as well as the chance to continue coaching football. I am eager to begin this journey and begin a new tradition with the Lady Eagles.”
Most recently, Winn has served as an assistant with Holliday’s boys’ program. He’s also served as an assistant coach in both football and baseball.
Last season, Holliday’s girls’ team finished with a 7-7 record, good enough for third in District 3A-9 behind champion Bowie and Paradise.
“When I’ve got an opening, I try to hire within (the school district),” Johnson said, “especially when I’ve got a good coach like Derek.”
Johnson reported he received several applications for the vacancy, but it was a “no-brainer” to hire Winn.
“I didn’t want to lose Derek, and he was interested the job,” Johnson said.
Winn helped the Holliday boys finish third in the district, with an overall record of 9-5, and 19-11 overall. Read more in the July 20 Bowie News.
Derek Winn recently accepted the head girls’ basketball coaching position at Holliday, which is in the same district as Bowie. (Submitted photo)