Name: Bobby Holland
Job Title: East Coast Baseball Director
Family: Proud father to three children – Hannah (18), Grayson (15) and Brooks (8).
Hometown: Richmond, VA
College Attended/Year Graduated: Old Dominion University/1999
Sports Background: My proudest moment and most humbling moment both came as a pitcher at Old Dominion University. As a freshman I was the winning pitcher of the Conference Tournament championship game (1996). It was the third consecutive conference championship for the Monarchs. The victory put ODU in the Atlantic Regional at Clemson.
The most humbling defeat I had was my junior year at Old Dominion. One of my coaches had suggested that I raise my arm slot a bit from submarine position. The goal was to pick up about 5 mph on my fastball and get me drafted. After setting school records in appearances and leading the team in earned run average two years in a row, the new slot did not take. I only pitched 19 innings in 19 or so games my junior year. I remember giving up a home run versus James Madison that probably still hasn't landed yet. I knew then my career was over!
Hobbies/Outside Interests: I enjoy reading, live music, hiking, spending time with my family, coaching, fishing, crabbing and playing guitar.
Favorite trip: Taking my daughter to the Wide World of Sports at Disney for a cheerleading tournament. Our team did not make the finals and we planned to stay an extra day or two after the tournament ended. I'll never forget my daughter’s comment after the loss, "at least we can go to the park all day tomorrow!" The truth comes out! The tournament seemed so important and they trained so hard but when they lost she was so excited to just have fun with her Dad.
How did you become associated with Triple Crown?: I worked for 13 years for Ripken Baseball at The Ripken Experience-Myrtle Beach. I became familiar with Triple Crown as we used to bid for additional field space in municipal facilities. There were always a few weeks that we could not get additional field space as Triple Crown had the rights to them. I had heard of John Casale through the local area leaders, and they had a great deal of respect in the market.
What intrigues you the most about Triple Crown?: I think the thing that stands out to me is the family-first philosophy. I have worked in other environments where that was not the case. I feel proud to work for a company that stands by such strong family and customer service and quality related pillars.