Coach Bruce Ollis after Polk County beat Mountain Heritage 80-36. (photo by Mark Schmerling)
Coach Bruce Ollis after Polk County beat Mountain Heritage 80-36. (photo by Mark Schmerling)

Ollis approved as new T.L. Hanna head football coach

Published 11:00pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Anderson School District Five Board of Trustees Tuesday, Jan. 21 approved the recommendation to hire Polk County’s Bruce Ollis as the new head football coach at T. L. Hanna High School. Ollis hiring was a unofficial until 7 p.m., Jan. 21 Tuesday.
“I am excited about the opportunity to coach at T.L. Hanna, and am looking forward to engaging the strong alumni base in the community,” Ollis said.
Ollis has a career record of 195-125. In the last 11 years in Polk County he has compiled a 108-38 record, including multiple conference championships.
Anderson County is not unfamiliar territory for Coach Ollis who previously took Crescent High School to the state playoffs each year from 1998-2000.
After leading the Wolverines to a 9-4 record in 2013 season, including going 6-0 in the Western Highlands Conference for the WHC title and Polk’s first perfect conference season, Ollis was named WHC Coach of the Year, and later, Western North Carolina High School Coach of the Year.
Ollis takes with him a background filled with previous leadership positions.
He served as the South Carolina Upper State AA Football Director from 2000-2002, created the Border Showcase Jamboree, and has served in various leadership positions in the North Carolina Football Coaches Association.
“I am committed to success on the field and in the classroom, and want to build a culture of togetherness for all of our players. Winning is a team effort, and together we win,” Ollis said.
T.L. Hanna Principal Sheila Hilton said she is looking forward to the leadership Ollis will bring to the school, and she knows he will engage and inspire Hanna’s loyal fan base.
Ollis will begin his duties at the school later this week.

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