Carl Hollums’ journey to becoming a head coach was a winding one.
After spending the last eight years in various roles at four high schools, Hollums finally got the phone call he had been waiting for. Krum needed a head baseball coach, and Hollums had been hired.
“I think it’s been a long time in the making,” Hollums said. “I had a lot of great mentors that brought me up and showed me the ropes. I thought eventually [becoming a head coach] would happen, and it did. I think it’s a great opportunity. I’m excited about it and am eager to get my feet on the ground.”
Hollums spent the past year as the assistant varsity coach at Palestine, a Class 4A school in East Texas. Prior to Palestine, Hollums was an assistant coach at Saginaw Chisholm Trail from 2014-18.
He got his start as a junior varsity coach at Odessa Permian from 2011-13, then became a middle school coordinator in Granbury for a year.
Krum’s new athletic director, Robby Clark, worked with Hollums last year at Palestine when Clark was the AD. The two also were on staff together at Permian.
Clark spoke highly of Hollums’ coaching ability on the diamond.
“[Hollums’] attention to detail is better than most human beings,” Clark said. “He’s very organized and has a Type A personality; there are absolutely no stones left unturned. He’s a man of character and is going to expect his kids to earn every base they get.”
Krum Superintendent Cody Carroll said Hollums’ contract is for one year. The hire was made official at the district’s June school board meeting.
“He’s got good baseball experience,” Carroll said. “He’s been in some really good programs. He knows the game and seems like a good fit for our staff.”
Hollums inherits a Krum team that went 10-15-1 in 2019. The Bobcats finished third in the highly competitive District 8-4A behind Decatur and eventual state champion Argyle.
“My philosophy is when you’re playing guys like Argyle or Southlake Carroll, you’re playing guys that are the best of the best,” Hollums said. “If you’re going to have a true measurement of your program and where you need to be to [get to the state tournament], you need to play the best.”
Krum made the playoffs in all four seasons under previous coach Matt McBrayer, who left for a job at Ballinger last month. Palestine made the playoffs last season but fell to Hudson in the bi-district round.
“I want to build off what coach McBrayer had laid as the foundation,” Hollums said. “I just want to continue the promise of excellence that I believe Krum has to offer.”
The Bobcats will return several starters in 2020, including 8-4A first-team selections Tanner Dieleman, Trey Smith, Cade Hudson and Lane Golden. Matthew Donley and Cade Tucker, second-team picks, also return.
“I’m going to hold the kids accountable,” Hollums said. “We want the community to get excited, support us and know that we’re not going to try to make everybody happy but we are going to try and do right by the program and the kids. We’re going to try to win some ballgames and go further than we’ve previously gotten.”