Commerce football hires head coach to replace Michael Brown
Commerce has hired Mark Hollars as head football coach to replace Michael Brown, who stepped down last month after eight years at his alma mater.
Hollars comes from North Cobb Christian where he coached five seasons and led the school to the playoffs each of the past three, the first postseaso appearances in the school's 14 seasons of football.
"He brings a winning attitude, he's just a role model and gritty attitude," Commerce principal Will Smith said. "He just gets a lot out of his kids."
Hollars was 30-25 at North Cobb Christian, but 26-9 over the past three seasons that included a 10-2 record and Class A Private quarterfinals appearance in 2018.
Hollars and his family moved to Georgia five years ago after he served as an administrator at a school in the Washington, D.C. area, but he lived much of his life in Avon, Ohio, where he played and learned the triple-option offense.
He was chosen from 48 candidates who applied for the position.
"Commerce is a special community and I felt it really aligned with our values," Hollars told the Athens Banner-Herald. "As a coach I've always built a team around physical football."
Commerce reached the Class A Public quarterfinals last season but lost to eventual state champ Irwin County. The Tigers return much of last season's offensive production, but will lose a key piece in rising sophomore Sammy Brown, the D-1 recruit who will leave for Jefferson where his father accepted an assistant coaching job.
In its 95 years of football, Commerce is 629-312-20 with 18 region championships and two state titles.