Coach Holdren Wins Girls’ National High School Coach of the Year

Maggie Walker Governor’s School Coach James Holdren has been named as Girls' National High School Track and Field Coach of the Year by USA Track & Field (USATF) in conjunction with Gill Athletics.

“Coach Holdren is more than just an outstanding track coach—he is a Virginia institution,” said Maggie Walker Director Fred S. Morton. “On behalf of the Maggie Walker community, I salute Coach Holdren and his wonderful service to the literally thousands of young athletes whose lives he has influenced over his career.”

Coach Holdren has been coaching cross country and track since 1963, beginning his career at the College of William and Mary while he was still a cross country runner on the team, and continuing his career at Thomas Jefferson High School and then the Maggie Walker Governor’s School.

Inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1993, Coach Holdren is the “winningest” high school track coach in Virginia history, with a career total of 1,362 wins in girl's track and cross country, through this past fall's cross country season, including 91 District team titles, 42 District runner-up finishes, 47 Regional titles, 26 Regional runner-up finishes, 8 State titles, 10 state runner-up finishes, 243 major invitational titles and a 973-257 dual meet record. His girl's outdoor track teams went undefeated in dual meets for 16 years with 109 consecutive victories. He has coached 10 National Record holders, 57 All-Americans and 115 State champions.

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