Holladay aims to restore tradition of Tuscaloosa County football

New coach John Holladay is focused on returning the program's winning tradition (

The Tuscaloosa County Wildcats has a new coach.

John Holladay takes over for Bart Sessions, who moved to Gadsden City.

He's the Wildcats third different coach in as many seasons, and Holladay is focused on returning the program's winning tradition.

Tuscaloosa County had a run of 19 consecutive playoff appearances, from 1996 through 2014. But the program feels far removed from that success. The Wildcats have lost 14 straight in Class 7A, Region 3.

"There's a lot of tradition here," Holladay said. "Even though, the last couple of years we've fallen on hard times and not had the success we're accustomed to having. But the 'TC' means something in our state. It has for a long time. Tuscaloosa is a good football area. Northport 's a great place for my family."

Tuscaloosa County is Holladay's third stop in his career as a head coach. He previously worked at Walker and Buckhorn.

The Wildcats open the 2017 season at home against Paul Bryant on Friday night.

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