CCU football hires former pro Hollowell as assistant

T.J. Hollowell, who played four seasons in professional football, has been named assistant football coach, Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia announced today.

Hollowell fulfills a new NCAA Division I FBS rule that allows a 10th on-field assistant coach. He will work with the Chanticleer defensive line as well as have responsibilities with the special teams.

Hollowell spent two seasons as defensive coordinator at Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic HS, helping the Eagles to a 7-4 record and Maxpreps.com national ranking of 49th this past season.

Prior to his arrival at Santa Margarita, Hollowell spent one season (2015) at Youngstown State. The Penguins linebackers had a solid all-around performance in 2015 which helped the defense have one its best campaigns in years. Lee Wright and Armand Dellovade earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference accolades for their standout performances.

Hollowell was an assistant coach at Huntsville (Texas) High Schools in 2014. However, he got his first taste of collegiate football, working in three capacities over four years at Nebraska.

While working with the Cornhuskers’ defense in 2013, Hollowell helped linebacker Lavonte David earn the Big Ten’s Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award, while Alfonzo Dennard was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year. In 2012, Nebraska played in the Big Ten Championship game and the Capital One Bowl while posting a 10-4 mark. He spent the 2010 campaign as an intern and worked with the Husker strength and conditioning staff in 2008 and ‘09.

A former starter at linebacker for Nebraska, Hollowell signed with the New York Giants as a free agent in 2004 and spent two seasons in the NFL. He played for the New York Giants in 2004 and the New York Jets in 2005, while spending two training camps with the Denver Broncos. He also spent parts of two years in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos.

During his time with the Cornhuskers (2000-03), Hollowell compiled 173 career tackles in helping the Huskers to four bowl games, including the BCS National Championship Game in 2001.

As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition from the league coaches and Associated Press as he tallied 80 stops, including eight tackles for losses and two interceptions. He tied Nebraska’s school record with eight pass breakups by a linebacker and was part of a defense that forced a school-record 47 turnovers.

A standout at Copperas Cove High School in Texas, he finished his career as the school’s leader in career tackles with 311. As a senior, he had 159 tackles, 21 TFLs and three sacks as he earned Class 5A All-State.

Hollowell received his degree in sociology from Nebraska in 2009. He and his wife, Jessica, have two sons, Tommy and Kingston.

HOLLOWELL COACHING TIMELINE:
2008-09 – University of Nebraska (Volunteer Strength & Conditioning)
2010 – University of Nebraska (Defensive Intern, Linebackers)
2011-13 – University of Nebraska (Graduate Assistant, Linebackers & Dimes)
2014 – Huntsville (Texas) HS (Assistant Coach, Outside Linebackers/Safeties)
2015 – Youngstown State University (Assistant Coach, Linebackers)
2016-17 – Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic HS (Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers and Safeties)
2018-pres. – Coastal Carolina University (Assistant Coach, Defensive Line/Special Teams)

Photo courtesy of NU Athletics

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