Hollister High School turned to a man with a rich tradition of winning – as a player and a coach – to take over its football program.

Rich Adkins, who has been the head coach for the last two seasons at Mountain Grove, will take over for Jacob Hamon as the coach of the Tigers.

“My family is excited to be a part of the Hollister School District,” Adkins said in a release. “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.”

Adkins has compiled a 17-7 record at Mountain Grove, reaching the Class 2 District 3 championship game both seasons. He coached a proficient offense, with the Panthers averaging 36 points per game in his tenure.

Prior to taking over at Mountain Grove, Adkins coached at several levels in the Jasper district. He was the head coach at the junior high, then moved up to a defensive coordinator job at Jasper High School, and finally three seasons as the high school head coach.

He went 32-12 as the head coach, winning a pair of Spring River Valley Conference titles and one league Coach of the Year award.

Adkins graduated from Webb City High School, where he played football for the storied Cardinals’ program, and he also coached football and basketball at his alma mater.

He is taking over for Hamon, who spent 10 years on the Hollister sidelines, including the last four as head coach. Hamon accepted a job last month as an assistant coach on the staff at Branson High School.

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