Former Belding coach glad to be back on sideline

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:37 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

STANTON — Sara Holt is back on the sidelines as a coach for girls basketball. But she’s not coaching Belding, where she was a former AP honorable mention coach of the year.

Instead, Holt is now an assistant coach at Central Montcalm, helping coach both the JV and varsity Green Hornet girls basketball teams.

“It’s great. I’m at home again, definitely,” Holt said.

Holt coached Belding until 2006, when she left the job because of health issues.

“I’ve been doing just private plyometic and weight training with high school and college athletes,” Holt said. “Some friends introduced me to (JV coach) Rob Putnam and he introduced me to Kevin Everingham and fate happens. When you’re ready to come back you’re ready to come back. This is a perfect fit for me. I’m just so happy here.”

Holt said the 2012-13 season was the time to get back to coaching because she felt a lot better.

“I felt healthy again,” she said. “I felt 100 percent again and I never want to go to a program and not give 100 percent because that’s not fair to the program. I felt like I could do it again at my full speed.”

Holt said her passion is basketball and the Central program has the same type of players.

“You know from me talking at Belding the family atmosphere we preached there,” she said. “That’s what we have and what we’re building here. The girls work so hard, the coaches work so hard and they have that love of the game. We have the motto that hard work pays off. They’re willing to put in that hard work because they love the game that much.”

Holt isn’t interested in any varsity coaching positions that may come open.

“I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” she said. “This is home for me. I like where I’m at and I don’t look at titles. I like what we do here. We help each other out, we learn from each other and we grow. And I’m always learning.”

That’s important to Holt.

“I think as a coach if you stop learning you should get out of the game,” she said. “Whether you’re a 19-year-old coach like I was at the start or a coach that is 75 years old that’s been in the game forever, if you stop learning the game someone’s going to beat you.”

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