BOONE — Hamptonville, North Carolina native Stu Holt has accepted the position as running backs coach at Appalachian State, according to a press release from the university.
Holt comes from a rich football tradition, all the way back to his high schools days at Starmount, where he played under his father, B.W. Holt, the fourth-winningest coach in North Carolina high school history.
Head coach Scott Satterfield is excited to add Coach Holt to the staff.
“Coach Holt brings a great deal of experience coaching and recruiting at the FBS level to our staff,” Satterfield said. “He’ll not only be a great asset for our running backs but will also be heavily involved with our special teams — both areas where he has been very successful as a college coach. He’s a North Carolina native that brings extensive knowledge of this state and the entire Southeast to the table as a recruiter. We’re excited to welcome Coach Holt and his family back home.”
Holt, 42, comes to Appalachian State after two seasons at the University of South Florida, where he most recently served as the Bulls’ tight ends coach and special-teams coordinator. He arrived at USF as director of player personnel in 2013 before taking over as special-teams coordinator prior to the ‘13 season. He added oversight of the Bulls’ tight ends to his duties in 2014.
In 2013, Holt was nominated for the Broyles Award (National Assistant Coach of the Year) after USF’s special teams improved in nearly every statistical category despite having to replace its starting place kicker and punter from the previous season. Under Holt’s tutelage, USF’s special teams were ranked No. 3 nationally by ESPN Stats Info. The Bulls led the American Athletic Conference and ranked No. 9 nationally in punt returns (14.44-yard average) and first-year place kicker Marvin Kloss was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award (national kicker of the year).
In seven seasons as a running backs coach, Holt has produced impressive ground attacks and individual rushers. His units ranked among the NCAA Division I FCS top 25 in rushing twice — 14th at WKU in 2004 (226.2 ypg) and 24th at Tennessee State in 2010 (190.0 ypg). Additionally, he coached two 1,000-yard rushers at WKU (Lerron Moore and Tyrell Hayden). Moore finished his career as the Hilltoppers’ all-time leading rusher with 4,396 yards and Hayden’s 1,134 yards in 2007 was the 10th-highest single-season rushing total in program history.
“My family and I are extremely excited to join Coach Satterfield at Appalachian State,” Holt said. “We feel blessed to have been asked to contribute to such a historic football program. The 2015 season can’t get here fast enough.”
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