Seasoned coach picked to head UCO football program

Updated: December 27, 2007, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMOND, Okla. -- University of Central Oklahoma officials introduced Tracy Holland, a seasoned coach on the high school, college and professional levels, as the Bronchos' new head football coach on Thursday.

Holland, who comes to the school after a three-year stint as head coach at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, replaces Chuck Langston, who was fired Nov. 14 amid accusations the program broke NCAA rules by providing free housing, food, transportation and use of facilities to football players who were not full-time students.

"This university is about excellence and it demands the best from its students, staff and administrators and I'm proud to be a Broncho," Holland, 51, said in a statement. "UCO should be on the national stage and we should be competing for championships. We're going to do the things we need to do to build this program back and I'm excited about being here."

In its response to the notice of allegations from the NCAA, Central Oklahoma denied that football coaches provided impermissible cash payments for a class at Rose State, a two-year college, and that a coach provided $200 in cash to a potential recruit. However, the university admitted to the serious institutional control allegation and said Langston "failed to ensure absolute compliance with NCAA legislation within the sport of football between January 1, 2003 and September 2006."

The Bronchos finished 4-6 this season.

Holland began his coaching career at Northern Colorado, his alma mater, in 1989.

He spent four years with the Bears under then-head coach Joe Glenn, who is now head coach at Wyoming. The team went 27-16 and made two appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Holland took over as general manager and head coach of the Frankfurt Knights of the Football League of Europe in 1993 and spent five seasons with that professional franchise, according to the statement.

He came to Oklahoma in 1997 because of one of his son's health problems and went to Heritage Hall as an assistant coach in 1999. Holland became head coach in 2002, guiding the Chargers to two Class 2A state semifinal appearances and a 31-9 record in three years.

Oklahoma Christian School hired Holland in 2005 as head coach, and he took the Saints to the Class 2A playoffs in two of his three years.

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