September 8, 2011 by wcobserver
By Brent Harrison
GREENLAND – After four years on the baseball diamond for the Greenland Pirates, Coach Lee Larkan has decided to turn over the reins. Larkan also coached at Des Arc for nine years prior to coming to Greenland. He holds a 68-17 record with the Pirates and recorded a Regional Conference Championship and Three District Tournament titles.
Second-year baseball and football assistant Josh Holloway will bring a considerable amount of baseball knowledge and background to the diamond this spring as skipper for Greenland.
“I feel I’m ready to take over and coach Larkan has prepared me well,” said Holloway who played at both the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and Arkansas Tech University. “My dad was a baseball coach and I have the experience from my family being in baseball.”
Holloway, who also serves as defensive coordinator and is in charge of the receiving corps in football says sound fundamentals and aggressive play at the plate will win ballgames.
“Our ultimate goal is to win every game,” he said. “We’re going to be fundamentally sound and you have to be solid on the defensive side. You can’t make errors, mistakes will get you beat. We’re going to swing the sticks and try and knock down the fences.”
“I’m more of an aggressive type coach,” he said. “I like to run, and swing the sticks. I’m not much for SAC bunts and things like that. My philosophy hitting-wise is, “if it’s over the plate be whackin’,” Larkan said that he hired Holloway with the intention of grooming him for the head job.
“When I hired him it was kind of my plan for him to end up being the head coach,” Larkan said. “He helped us a lot last year (17-4, District Title) as an assistant.”
As with football, graduation last season didn’t take a tremendous toll on numbers, but some key positions will need to be filled.
Graduating pitchers and infielders Jordan Larkan and Robert Smith each leave a spot in the rotation vacant. Larkan at third and Smith at short will also need to be replaced.
“We probably have seven or eight (players) that left,” Holloway said. “I’ve talked with some of the other kids around school and they are going to play this year.”
“We have Ryan Douchanois coming back and he’s probably going to pitch and play shortstop,” he said. “Darian Froud will be catching, Evan Johnson will be in the outfield along with Dustin Oakes and Seth Partain.”
“We’ve got a lot coming back except for some infield spots and some pitching,” he said. “We have to find some pitching.”
Holloway says that the use of video will help shape and tweak his hitters fundamentally.
“We’ve worked a lot with video analysis of each kid’s swing,” he said. “That way we can fix things, not everyone’s swing is going to be perfect or the same. We constantly videotape and try and make things where they are manageable and more fundamentally sound.”
Larkan, who isn’t going anywhere anytime soon as the leader of the Pirate Football team and Holloway will take to the field this Friday at Greenland at 7:00 p.m. to attempt to ground the Union Christian Eagles.