After winning back-to-back state championships, Pleasant Home School alumnus Nicholas Holley set off on his next adventure after signing with Mobile University on Monday, May 23.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity because I’ve never been outside of the small region of Andalucia and I feel like it will be a new atmosphere for me to keep going and push myself. I can keep throwing the javelin at the University of Mobile because I love the sport and the athletics community. It will be a new experience for me to grow as a person and in my faith. It has a good academic system and will prepare me for the I look forward to meeting new people, having new opportunities and working with a new head coach,” said Holley.
He chose UM primarily because of its college students. “The sports department was very simple, simplistic and well organized. I chose this university because they wanted to have me and were ready to take my chance.
Holley started running cross country and track with her sister in seventh grade.
“I did javelin throwing just to do something with her, and it turned out to be something I really enjoyed. Javelin throwing made me feel more myself and open, which made me feel more like myself. allowed to kiss me.
He thinks going to UM will allow him to grow and see what his abilities are.
“As a student who wants to continue being an athlete in college, it means the world to me. I have a routine that includes working on my studies and progressing in a sport that I love.
He won back-to-back state championships and threw 170.5 feet as a senior in 2022. Holley finished third in the state and was ranked 65th nationally.
“Javelin gave me the opportunity to find myself and explore things I didn’t know. This introduced me to many people in the Covington County athletics program. It was an honor to qualify for the state championship for the past two years and it was a great way to end it. I was honored to compete against top level competition,” he said.
Although he looks forward to the next chapter, he will miss his memories of Pleasant Home.
“The atmosphere is very relaxing and family. It allows you to be yourself and grow as a person. I want to thank God the Father for blessing me with these opportunities. I thank him for never letting me give up and for teaching me to be respectful and humble. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have been presented to me and I’m lucky to have many that I didn’t even know were coming.
Holley learned several things from the PHS coaching staff. “I learned to take my time, determine my priorities and tackle them head-on. Coach (Tony) Wilson was a big part of my high school career and taught me how to be on top of life,” he said.
His biggest highlight was winning two state championships. “I realized that no one was holding you back, and it opened my eyes to that fact. It’s my responsibility to achieve what I want.
Holley said he received support from all his family members in their own way.
“I love them for that, and they helped me get to where I am today. I wouldn’t be the person I am without them. My friends helped inspire me to push myself even when I didn’t feel like it. I’ve had a great support system all along. Everyone has been very involved in my life to make me the person I am today. Without the experiences that I lived, I could not be who I am.
He is the son of Al and Charlotte Holley with a sister, Camille Holley, and graduated from PHS on Thursday May 26.
“I can’t say enough good things about Nicholas and his contributions to our program. He has contributed to the success of our program not only as a competitor, but has taken on the role of teacher/mentor for young athletes who also want to compete in the javelin. He has a terrific work ethic. He trains almost every day focusing on different areas each day to strengthen and tone up in order to be in the best shape for competitions. I know he will have an immediate impact on Mobile University and its program, and I look forward to seeing him progress even further in his academic career. I am very proud of Nicholas and all of his accomplishments and how he represented himself and Pleasant Home School throughout his high school career,” said Tony Wilson, PHS Head Coach.