Baseball's Kolin Holladay: Where Are They Now?
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Baseball's Kolin Holladay: Where Are They Now?

Kolin Holladay spent four years as a student coach for the Lipscomb Bisons baseball team and also served as a full-time assistant coach. He thought coaching would be his career of choice, but he turned to the study of the law where he has been extremely successful having been named among the "Best Lawyers" in the practice area of corporate law in 2016. Despite his busy schedule Holladay spent some time talking with Lipscombsports.com.

What years did you serve as a student coach at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?

"I was a student-assistant coach from 1991-94. I was the head assistant from the fall of 1994 through the spring of 1996. I was also an assistant athletic director.

"Coach Ken Dugan was above and beyond good to me. He hired me full-time before I graduated.

"I was on the roster every year. I never played an inning. He told me one day, `Chief, you are on the roster but if you play in a game we are in trouble'. He would give me a scholarship each year if there was any money left over. If there wasn't he would look for a memorial scholarship and give that to me.

"The assistant coaches were Al Austelle and Lynn Griffith. I took over for Lynn."

What attracted you to want to be an assistant baseball coach?

"I moved to Nashville in 1985. I played on my first summer team in Nashville as a 13-year-old. My two coaches were Ken Dugan and Ernie Smith. Coach Dugan had coached Mike but he had not coached Kirk. I think Mrs. (Diane) Dugan wanted him to coach Kirk. I was on the team with Kirk and we played together at Lipscomb Academy.

"Through that my first job was working at Lipscomb's baseball camp. I was feeding pitching machines at 13.

"I started Lipscomb and the spring semester of my freshman year I took Coach Dugan's Coaching Techniques of Baseball class. I asked him if there was something I could do for the team. He said his student assistant Mike Mansfield was graduating and he asked me if I would be interested in taking his place. I said, `absolutely'. That is how it took off. It was a great deal for me."

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

"It was May of 1995 when we went down to Union to play in the TCAC Tournament. We were in an elimination game against Union at Union.

"We were behind 9-2 in the bottom of the ninth and we hit four home runs with Brad Frazier hitting a walk-off home run. We won the game 11-9. "Union brought in their All-American pitcher to stop the bleeding and we just kept going. It was the most unbelievable thing I have ever seen.

"There are so many memories. We went down to Birmingham-Southern in April of 1996. They were No. 1 in the country and we beat them down there in a night game.

"It was incredible to be on the field as a student assistant with Coach Dugan when he won his 1,000th game.

"The first thing he did was call for Mrs. Dugan to come down to the field. It was a pure sweet moment to watch that happen."

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

"Coach Dugan and I had a special relationship. When I was student coaching and an assistant coach we talked with each other almost every day. He let me be very open with him.

"I was blessed by God to have worked with Coach Dugan when I did. Some people might say we weren't as good as some of his other teams in terms of wins and losses, but he learned a lot of lessons about winning at all costs and the type of player he wanted to have on his team

"In 1995 he let me start recruiting. The goal clearly was to win when I was working with him but he was more interested at the time in how many academic all-conference players he had and whether the kids were involved in things like devotionals.

"He was able to impart so much wisdom to me. He was an enormous impact for me. He was a great man.

"I was vacuuming the hitting room one day. No one asked me to do it, but I was a student coach and it needed to be done. He told me he appreciated me doing that and to not ever be too proud to vacuum the hitting room.

"We were in the coaching locker room before a game with Cumberland, our biggest rival. Coach Dugan started telling me about seeing a homeless man and giving him some money. He started crying when he was telling me about it. He was like this guy is homeless. How dare people judge him?

"He gave me some real great lessons. It was like talking with your Dad.

"He learned that you collect data and make a decision and you don't worry about the results. It was all about the process. That impacts me almost every day as a Dad and as a husband and as I help run the firm here. You can't control the outcome, but you can control the process and preparation.

"He wasn't going to compromise values for success. But he didn't pull any punches. He knew the meaning of character. He knew the importance of family. He was a mentor for me. You had to really know him to appreciate him."

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

"Dating my wife, Misty Guy, there was often. I met her in the eighth grade. We dated a couple of times in high school. We started dating the second semester of my freshman year in college. She was Miss Lipscomb.

"I look back at the professors who knew your name and would sometimes have you over for dinner. Dean (Dennis) Lloyd and Dean (Sarah Keith) Gamble were great.

"I pledged Gamma Xi? It was great being in High Rise and all of the things that go with living in a dorm.

"Back in 1993 or '94 there was an ice storm and all of the power went out on campus. All the students were hanging out in Bison Square. That was a fun time."

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

"What Lipscomb does is a great job of intertwining faith and life and faith and your profession. You don't get that in most places. In fact. most places say they can't mix. Lipscomb did a good job of teaching me they absolutely do mix."

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

"Dr. Richard Goode. My major was History-Education.

"Dr. Goode pushed you to think. He would end classes with a question. He would present a lesson and at the end of the class he would ask you questions about how you would apply it.

"He was a favorite. Dr. Robert Hooper was great too. He was such a sports guy. He was my student-teacher liaison. I would student teach and then go to fall practice. He did a great job working with me."

Where do you live now?

"We live in Nashville."

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?

"I am the partner in charge of the Nashville office for Adam and Reese LLP. I have been here since 2001.

"Sam Bartholomew hired me out of law school. He is another great man.

"I lead our firm's corporate securities and mergers and acquisitions division. It is a lot of fun.

"I went to the University of Tennessee to get an M.B.A. But I thought I wanted to be a sports agent so I got my law degree as well."

Tell us about your family.

"My wife's name is Misty. We have four kids, three girls and one boy. Grace Anne is 17. Bradford, our son, is 16. Bryden is 14 and Brantley is 12."

My email address is kolin.holladay@arlaw.com.