Thursday, March 27, 2014
Rankin resigns as Holly High coach
By BARRY BURLESON
Chris Rankin has submitted his resignation after two years as head football coach at Holly Springs High School.
He said his reason for leaving the 3A school is “for a better opportunity to take care of my family.”
Rankin will return to 6A Olive Branch, where he will serve as an offensive coordinator with the Conquistadors.
“I will miss Holly Springs and will continue to root for the Hawks,” Rankin said. “They have a place in my heart that will not be able to be replaced.”
Rankin came to Holly High four years ago from Olive Branch with Marcus Autry. He served as an assistant two years under Autry, who is now the principal.
As head coach, Rankin’s Hawks finished 4-7 in 2012 and 2-9 in 2013.
“I feel like our kids learned tenacity – how to fight for four quarters,” he said.
He said when he first came to Holly Springs, if the other team went up by a score, the Hawks would “shut it down.” But that changed as they developed a “never-quit” attitude.
“The last few years our guys gave it all they had for the full game,” Rankin said. “We had several close ball games that just didn’t go our way. Last year, in particular, we were one play away in several ball games.”
His wife works at Olive Branch, in the DeSoto County School District, and his children attend school there.
“This was not a football decision; it was a family decision,” Rankin said. “It’s an opportunity for me to be with my family more.”
He said the move is “bittersweet” because of his love for his Hawks.
“I poured my heart and soul into the program,” he said. “and I’m going to miss the kids a lot. I wish I could take them all with me.”
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