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Willis L. Holliday

Wrong Willis L. Holliday?

Coach and Director

Carolina Cougars
 
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Employment History

  • Trainer and Executive Director
    Carolina Cougars
  • Cougars Coach
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www.hollidayhoops.com, 7 April 2007 [cached]
Southern University standout Willis L. Holliday, who also serves as the trainer and Executive Director of the Carolina Cougars.
Leonard is taking an unofficial visit ...
tucsoncitizen.com [cached]
Leonard is taking an unofficial visit of the UA campus this weekend with his traveling coach Willis Holliday.
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"We're hoping to take what we learn on this trip and use it as a future reference," said Holliday, coach and director of the Carolina Cougars' AAU program in South Carolina.
Although news of Leonard's visit surfaced last week, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound player has been on Miller's radar since last summer.
"The way coach Miller has recruited Damien has been by the book, and he has developed a very good relationship with us," Holliday said.
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Leonard and Holliday left Greenville, which will be in the 80s this weekend, but the humidity there is listed as almost 80 percent.
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"This is not only my opinion but also that of others: Damien is the top shooter in his class in the country," Holliday said.
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:Class of 2011 recruiting, Damien Leonard, Eloy Vargas, John Calipari, Sean Miller, Willis Holliday
It's More Than a Game....It's a Committment! - Testimonials
www.hollidayhoops.com [cached]
It wasn’t long until I found that I was practically living in the gym for the rest of the summer, Willis had me working out two or even three times a dayâ€"I loved it, I found my passion again!  Everyday I had encouragement from Willis, everyday he showed that he was confident in me, everyday he didn’t let me slack off because he knew the disappointment I would face if I did.  And little by little everyday I started to believe it:  ‘I have what it takes’.  I learned more about basketball in a month in a half than I had ever learned in my whole life.  Sometimes Willis would get more frustrated with himself because he wanted to make certain that he was teaching me everything I needed to know and that no time was wasted.  I can witness to the fact that no time was wasted, I even had to go through a week of physical therapy on my feet because I had never worked myself so hard in my life.  Willis knew my optimum level
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was Willis Holliday.  Only God, Willis and I know the hardships that I have gone through in order to make this dream a reality.  And I thank God for bringing Willis into my life to help make this happen for me, not only has he given himself to be my trainer, but he has
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The first (Willis) practice I attended, I knew he understood what it takes to develop a good player.  It was clear his practices were not a place to 'drop your child off to play' but rather a place to learn how to excel at the sport of basketball.   Willis has a special knack of providing personalized instruction even though he may have dozens of players on the court.   He also demonstrates a good balance between toughness and understanding for the youngster at their particular stage of development.  My daughter is very interested in what Willis thinks of her basketball skills, and frankly, I find that is a good reflection on the program.   There is a seriousness about the practice sessions which result in players learning from other players as well as from the coaches.   It is an environment I cannot duplicate even though I think I understand basketball fairly well.  There is a synergy that has evolved from the program over time, younger players watching and learning from older players, as well as from the coaches. If my daughter never played a single game during AAU season, I'd still say the most valuable aspect of Willis' program would be
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daughter to reach their potential, it is Coach Holliday and his program.  Thank
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has helped her so much.  Kristin told us that "The good thing about Willis is that he pushes you to do the best you can do in every drill, whether it's a lay-up or a between the legs full court drill."  The whole experience has taught her that hard work pays off.  He gives 100% and he expects the girls to do the same.  It has been a great experience for us and for Kristin - we just wish we would have known about Willis earlier!  
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My son, Harrison, has been working out with Willis Holliday for the past two and a half years.   His level of skill has improved tremendously, as well as his knowledge of the game of basketball.  More importantly, Willis’s influence has helped Harrison grow in ways off of the basketball court as well.   Willis builds great character and self esteem.   I feel Willis is the most knowledgeable basketball coach Harrison has ever had, and I would strongly recommend him to any aspiring player.  Not only is Willis Holliday a coach, a leader, a mentor, a motivator, and a teacher â€" but most of all he is a friend!
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Willis has trained both of our daughters, Amy and Rebecca Clanton, in basketball.
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Amy was able to work with Willis for only one summer while she was playing in college; upon her return for the next season, her college coach recognized her as the most improved player on the team. Our younger daughter, Rebecca Clanton, has had the privilege of learning basketball skills from Willis for five years and of playing
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Willis has provided. Willis is an wonderful teacher who motivates Rebecca to put in extra work.
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We greatly appreciate the caring and time that Willis has put in to help our daughter. He spends his own time to attend Rebecca's games and gives her great feedback.  Rebecca looks forward to workouts with Willis and has a great relationship with him. As parents we highly recommend supporting Willis's program.
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betterment of the kids.  Willis does an outstanding job of taking a drill one step at a time and adding to the drill â€" the process that the kids go through is akin to a builder â€" building a solid foundation and building one brick upon another.  The learning that takes place is astounding.  Many times we have witnessed parents who come to view the workouts and they are amazed at the skill level, the speed, and the intensity of the workouts.  We have witnessed families who have stopped attending for a time and when they return, the recognition of how far the participants have evolved as a result of the steady diet of repetition, drills, and practices is easily noticeable. Willis does more than just build up basketball players; he works to build the inner individual.  He builds mental toughness into each of his players.  He teaches them the game â€" the team concept of working together and the 100% effort that is required of his players.  While this is true on the court, he is also teaching them it is true in all facets of life â€" not just basketball.  However, these young athletes are learning, through basketball, to give 100% involves a mental and physical commitment to all facets of life.   Our youngest daughter has been working out with Holliday Hoops for approximately 3-4 months.  She watched, with careful eye, of some of the workouts of her older sister.  While being nervous about the commitment level it takes with Willis, she has signed on and recognizes that for her to be her best; she needs to be pushed physically, mentally, and emotionally.  She and her sister are continuing to be not only better basketball players as a result, but better young ladies.   Willis gives sacrificially for many of the kids â€" unbeknownst to many of us.   As a result of his financial gifting to these kids, many have gone on to play basketball at the college level.  There are undoubtedly many variables which led to these young ladies on to college, but their training from Willis and his teaching of the skills of basketball and life are imprinted for all to see.   We have witnessed the results and are firm believers in not just Holliday Hoops, but Willis Holliday the individual.
"They've qualified every year since ...
www.greenvilleonline.com, 27 June 2008 [cached]
"They've qualified every year since 14-and-under," Cougars coach Willis Holliday said."Before, we couldn't win even one game in a state tournament and never qualified to go, and this year we dominated the state tournament."
Holliday entered both his 16-and-under and 15-and-under teams in the state tournament.The 15-and-under group won its four games by an average of better than 20 points.The only relatively close game of the four was a victory against the Cougars' 16-and-under team.
Holliday then combined the two teams to come up with the group that will head south.
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"What's so good about this is the way these girls jell together," Willis Holliday said."They don't mind backing up players who are better than them, knowing that when they come in, the pressure's on them to keep it going."
Thirteen of the 15 are eligible in the 15-and-under division but are playing up.A lack of competition in their age bracket the past three years prompted the move, Willis Holliday said.
"We want to be competitive against the Georgia girls, the Tennessee girls and the North Carolina girls.Those are the girls who are in front of us for big scholarships," he said.
Wild About AZ Cats - Roundball Recruiting Roundup & the Rest
tucsoncitizen.com [cached]
The unofficial visit by Greenville (S.C.) Class of 2011 product Damien Leonard over the weekend "was extremely impressive," according to his traveling team coach Willis Holliday.
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In fact, the trip went so well, that Leonard wants to take in the campus again officially in the fall before signing in November, Holliday told me Sunday night.
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"The facilities and the people are what impressed us the most," said Holliday, who coaches the Carolina Cougars AAU program.
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Holliday indicated to me that Leonard now wants to concentrate on training and his academics.
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Holliday also reiterated that Leonard wants to narrow his choice to three schools by the end of the summer and take official visits to those institutions in the fall. That means Arizona stands a good chance of being in his top three.
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"Damien realizes he has to start focusing on his skills," Holliday said.
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Holliday added that Leonard, whose best attribute is his perimeter shooting stroke, can grow into being a wing player.
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"I can definitely see that because he has the potential to grow to 6-6 or 6-7," Holliday said.
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Leonard is taking an unofficial visit of the UA campus this weekend with his traveling coach Willis Holliday.
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"We're hoping to take what we learn on this trip and use it as a future reference," said Holliday, coach and director of the Carolina Cougars' AAU program in South Carolina.
Although news of Leonard's visit surfaced last week, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound player has been on Miller's radar since last summer.
"The way coach Miller has recruited Damien has been by the book, and he has developed a very good relationship with us," Holliday said.
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Leonard and Holliday left Greenville, which will be in the 80s this weekend, but the humidity there is listed as almost 80 percent.
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"This is not only my opinion but also that of others: Damien is the top shooter in his class in the country," Holliday said.
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