End of an era: Holdiman steps down as MHS football coach

The Marshalltown Bobcat football team set plenty of offensive records under coach Dave Holdiman. The program will now have to find someone else to try to break those marks.

After 10 years as head man in Marshalltown, Holdiman has decided to hang up his headphones, announcing his retirement Monday.

“I weighed both options of staying or going, and it was just time,” Holdiman said. “There are pluses and minuses to both. And I really don’t know what I am going to do now. I will just take it one day at a time.”

Holdiman went 57-44 in 10 seasons at Marshalltown, guiding the Bobcats to the postseason five times, including a 13-1 runner-up finish in 2009. He will leave behind an offense that put up big numbers each and every game.

Holdiman also will not return as a high school government/economics teacher after the school year is over.

“The success we had is a lot of hard work by a lot of people,” Holdiman said. “It is more than a one-man show. I am going to miss the relationships that I built with the players and coaches, but I will have lots more time with my grandkids.”

To spend time with his grandkids, he will either have to move to Houston, Texas, or Anchorage, Ak. Relocating to Houston is a strong possibility, according to Holdiman.

The Bobcats set passing records for yards in a season twice under Holdiman and Blake Gimbel’s 3,979 yards in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 are the most all-time by any quarterback in the state of Iowa.

“The Friday night atmosphere was great,” Holdiman said. “You had to have a strategy in place, and be well prepared. Playing in the CIML, we had to bring our ‘A’ game every night. The challenge is what it was all about though.”

Holdiman enjoyed taking young men and molding them into eventual adults and preparing them for what is to come in life.

“Building young men into solid citizens was something I took pride in,” he said. “This game teaches you character and a lot of lessons can be learned from football.”

Before Marshalltown, Holdiman spent eight seasons as head coach at Mason City. He also was head coach at Cherokee for six years and at West Liberty for six years. He spent five years as an assistant at Marshalltown before taking over as the head man in 2003.

There is no word yet on who his replacement is, and Holdiman will try to stay out of the decision process.

“It’s not my choice. That will be up to the administration,” Holdiman said. “There are a lot of factors in the decision, but the biggest one will be what teaching jobs will come open.”