Adkins Tabbed as New Hollister Football Coach

by: Scott McCaulley

The Hollister Tigers have gone to South Central Missouri to hire their third Football Head Coach in Program History.

Rich Adkins comes to Hollister after guiding the Football Program at Mountain Grove the past two seasons to a 17-7 record and  coaching at Jasper in Western Missouri before that. Adkins also spent time on the Coaching Staff at Webb City High School, his alma mater.

The Hollister Football Program started in 2008 and began Varsity Play in 2010. Jacob Hamon, a member of the staff throughout that period and Head Coach the last four years, is leaving to go back to his alma mater Branson High School as a member of the Football Coaching Staff.

Below is the complete Press Release from the Hollister School District

Hollister School District announced it has hired Rich Adkins of Mountain Grove as its new football coach for the upcoming school year.  Adkins has been head football coach for two years in his current position and accumulated an overall record of 17-7.  His team reached the District 3 championship game in both 2016 and 2017 with an offense average of 36 points per game.

Prior to his time at Mountain Grove, Adkins coached at Jasper High School, first as the junior high head coach, then the high school defensive coordinator and finally as the head coach for three years with an overall 32-12 record.  The Jasper high school football team was Spring River Valley Conference champions in 2013 and 2014 and Adkins was named the 2013 Spring River Valley Coach of the Year.  A graduate of Webb City High School where he played football, Adkins has also coached both football and basketball at his alma mater.

Adkins is replacing Jacob Hamon who has been with the Hollister football program since it began 10 years ago.  Hamon has accepted a job as the defensive assistant for the Branson football program.

“My family is excited to be a part of the Hollister School District,” said Adkins when asked about his new job.  “My wife and I have been very impressed with the entire operation at Hollister and its innovative approach to education.  My goal is to build a program that will represent the school and community in a positive manner both on and off the field.”