George Holt has been a fixture in the Memphis area baseball scene since his playing days at Memphis Central High. In his senior season at Central, Holt attracted attention from several colleges and eventually found his way to the U of M.
Holt begins his fifth-season with the Tigers, two as a player and this will be his third season as a member of the Tiger coaching staff.
The veteran coach came to Memphis after serving as head coach at White Station High from 1964-98 and works with the Tigers' catchers and doubles as bench coach. Holt was the high school coach of former Tiger catcher Barrett Smith who graduated following the 2002 season. He also coached numerous other former Tigers at White Station.
Over his 34-year career at White Station, Holt amassed a 584-223-3 career record and led the Spartans to 19 district titles, 17 league titles, 14 MIAA championships, 11 regional titles and a Tennessee State Championship.
Holt was named the Best of the Preps Coach of the Year in 1968-69 and was a finalist six other seasons. He also won an American Legion title and a Connie Mack championship.Holt, who also coached basketball at White Station, has helped 132 players earn baseball scholarships and 21 others to basketball scholarships.
As a player, Holt was a two-year letterman for the U of M as a catcher from 1962-64 and graduated in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in education. He received his master's degree, also from Memphis, in 1982.
"George Holt brings a wealth of experience to our program," said head coach Dave Anderson. "He is a very well-respected coach in the area. He knows every coach in town and his knowledge of baseball in general, and of Memphis-area baseball specifically, will be an asset to our baseball team."