Bill Hollifield, who was the defensive coach at Western Guilford/Guilford High School for over 30 years died on Wednesday in Robbinsville, N.C. Hollifield was 65 years old, although I spoke with a few WG grads this morning who thought he was 67.
Coach Hollifield was an assistant coach at WG/GHS under Joe Robinson, Doug Henderson, and Charlie Griffin. Hollifield was the defensive coordinator on the Western Guilford 3-A State Championship team in 1977. Hollifield’s specialty was the defensive line and the “O” line. He was an All-American at Guilford College back in the mid-sixties.
Hollifield ranks among the top linemen to ever play for the Guilford College Quakers and was known to warm up before the games by hitting his head up against a telephone pole with helmet on, of course. Everyone who lived in the Guilford College community knew of Bill Hollifield. He was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian and he looked and acted the part. Hollifield was also known for smoking his cigars and in turn blowing the smoke right in your face and if you didn’t like it, his favorite saying was, “My Way or Trailways”.(His other favorite sayig was, “We’ll do it by Hook or Crook”.)
Hollifield also was the head wrestling coach at Western and before that Guilford HS for many years. He came to Guilford High School in the mid-60’s driving a bright red ’66 Mustang. In the classroom Hollifield taught Biology and he also ran a few Physical Education classes.
Mr. Hollifield was a tough character and I still have a few knots on my head to prove it. If you challenged him you were in for a fight and he and I had several, but they were all good because they made both of us tougher in the end.
Bill Hollifield will be laid to rest on Saturday at 2pm at Robbinsville United Methodist Church.
*****Cause of death for Coach Hollifield was a heart attack which he suffered while at the funeral home viewing of his sister, who had just recently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Bill Hollifield.*****