Kirtland coach loses battle to cancer
By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
FRUITLAND, N.M., Jan. 23, 2014
(Courtesy photo - Kirtland Central High School)
Holman fought against various cancers for over a decade. His most recent battle was against thyroid cancer that had spread to his lungs and back. The cancer returned in December of 2012 but Holman continued to coach well into the 2013-2014 season before his health began to decline.
The Navajo Times last spoke with Holman during the 2013 John Lomasney Gallup Girls Basketball Tournament held last month.
Holman was surrounded by family, friends and community membersWednesday evening at San Juan Regional Medical Center when he passed.
Holman coached the 2012-2013 Kirtland Central High School girls’ basketball team to a state title and before that the 2002 Farmington High School girls’ basketball team.
He started his coaching career as the head boys’ basketball coach at Wingate High School before briefing coaching at Shiprock High School.
He eventually found a home with the Farmington Scorpions before moving over to Kirtland.
Support for the respected coach flooded through social media sites as news broke of his passing.
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