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Allan Holland Jr. named UPike's interim head football coach

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Allan Holland Jr., offensive coordinator at the University of Pikeville for the last four seasons, has been named interim head football coach at the school, Athletic Director Robert Staggs announced on Monday.

“I have full confidence in Allan to step in and do the job,” said Staggs. “He has been an integral part of the team’s growth over the last several seasons and I fully expect that to continue under his leadership.”

Holland takes over for Dudley Hilton, who stepped down from the position for personal and health reasons on Saturday. Holland has held the title of associate head coach at UPIKE since 2011.

The Hazard, Ky., native utilizes a wide-open spread offense which has nearly re-written all of the record books at UPIKE in a short period of time. Those marks include most points in a game (63 against Southern Virginia in 2011), total yards in a game (727 at Georgetown in 2010) and coaching quarterback Trevor Hoskins to a record 2,673 passing yards in 2010.

As the quarterback at Eastern Kentucky in 2007 and 2008, Holland won two Ohio Valley Conference Championships and earned 2007 OVC Player of the Year honors. Holland had transferred to EKU after starting his collegiate career at Wake Forest in 2004.

After graduating from EKU with a degree in physical education, Holland became an offensive graduate assistant and quarterback coach for the Colonels.

Holland was a high-school football standout at Perry County Central and also played quarterback in the UIFL Arena Football League for two seasons.

A decision on a full-time coach will be made following the 2014 season.

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