After 13 years and 134 games as head football coach at Woodbridge High School, Bill Holsclaw has decided to give up the position. But even after 27 years of coaching the game, 25 as a head coach at Woodbridge and two other area schools, Holsclaw emphasizes that "I resigned, I didn't retire."
For now, he plans to take some time off and make a decision later on as to whether he will pursue another coaching position. "I've been coaching for 25 years," Holsclaw said. "I thought it was a good time. We just finished a good season and it's just time."
He has a lot to reminisce about in that time. At Woodbridge he has had 12 winning seasons, and has compiled a record of 88-44-2. This season, with a 9-3 record, the Vikings made it to the Northwestern Regional final. It was the furthest the Vikings had gone since 1974, when, as assistant coach, Holsclaw helped guide the team into the Virginia AAA state finals. Holsclaw's memories go much further though.
The veteran coach began his career in 1960 at Spotsylvania High School, bringing with him years of playing knowledge, including experience he gained as a quarterback for Virginia Tech. Over three years his team had only a 4-21 record. He took over at Osbourn Senior High School and after a 5-5 first season, his second club was undefeated (10-0). His first five seasons at Osbourn produced a record of 35-14 before facing four tough losing seasons ended his stay at Osbourn with a 43-46-1 record over nine years. He then moved to Woodbridge in 1972, where he was assistant to Red Stickney for three seasons.
Holsclaw's only losing season with Woodbridge was seven years ago, when his team finished 4-6.
"I'm really going to miss it. It's a super place to coach," said Holsclaw. "We've had a good team. It's had it's ups and downs but was a good run."