Deans new head
coach of Hawks
Donald Deans said his resumé isn’t an exciting one.
“I’m just a hard worker moving my way up,” he said.
And as far as he’s concerned, he’s right where he wants to be – the new head football coach at Holly Springs High School.
“This is the job I would like to retire from,” he said. “This is what I want to do.
“This gives me the opportunity to give the football program back to the community. It gives me the opportunity to help raise young men and teach them, even beyond the game of football.”
Deans, originally from Hazel Crest, Ill., has been an assistant coach for the Hawks since 2006, starting as a volunteer. He’s gradually climbed the coaching ladder. The past two seasons he was the defensive coordinator under head coach Chris Rankin, who recently resigned.
Deans played sports in high school and graduated from Hillcrest High School in Hazel Crest.
He came to Holly Springs to attend Rust College, where he received his B.S. degree. He has a master’s from Belhaven.
While attending Rust, Deans got involved in the city’s summer youth recreation program.
“I got to know the community and fell in love with the community,” he said. “Some of the children I had during those summers, I’ve watched them grow up.”
Deans thought he might take the corporate management route as a career but then he started substitute teaching.
“I loved it,” he said.
And the 39-year-old couldn’t be happier today, working full-time at Holly High and helping guide the future of young people.
He said, as head coach, his football program will focus on academics, discipline and hard work.
“We all know Holly Springs has the athletes,” Deans said. “I want to build skills and build character. I want this to be a lifetime memory for the kids.
“I want to push work ethic, academics and character, and then the wins will follow if we stay on the right path.”
The Holly Springs resident is married to Niecie Deans and has two stepsons, Gregory Johnson and Tylin Johnson.
He said three assistant coaches will be returning to the staff for 2014-15 and one vacant spot will be filled.
“It is our goal to build relationships with the kids and help them be successful,” Deans said.
He said his players will be visible in the community, working on various projects.
The community can get a first look at Deans’ Hawks on the football field this Saturday, May 24, at 3 p.m. The annual Black and Gold Game will be played at Sam Coopwood Park.
Activities actually begin at 1 p.m. at the park and will include a grilling contest, bouncers for kids and an alumni flag football game. Donation of $4 is requested.
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