Staff update: Army adds Kendrick-Holmes as director of football ops

Just 60 miles south of West Point, Clayton Kendrick-Holmes resurrected SUNY Maritime’s football program over the last 12 years.

After a two decades without football, Kendrick-Holmes built Maritime for an independent club team to a Division III winner.

Maritime announced Wednesday that Kendrick-Holmes, a 1992 Navy graduate, was stepping down as Maritime head coach to become Army’s director of football operations.

Kendrick-Holmes, who was 63-55 at Maritime,  is not only a Navy grad. He was a linebacker for the Midshipmen in 1990 and 1991.

“There is a unique work ethic and character surrounding the Maritime family and I was proud to be a part of this,” Kendrick-Holmes said in Maritime’s release. My goal each day was to do my best to create a championship environment for our team which would allow our players and coaches to reach their full potential on and off the field. No success would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the many players, coaches and parents over the years. They have made this job incredibly rewarding.”

Kendrick-Holmes is first Navy graduate on Army’s staff since I began covering the team in 2007. Reader Tom Hopkins reminded me that Kevin Ross, offensive coordinator and running backs from 2004-06 at West under his father, Bobby, graduated from Navy in 1988.

Army head coach Jeff Monken (2002-07), offensive line coach Todd Spencer (1997-2007) and quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware (1998-02) were Navy assistants.

Kendrick-Holmes takes over football operations from Dan McCarthy, who was promoted to associate athletic director at West Point.

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