Nick Bach will succeed Tim Holley
When Gilman School said it would conduct a nationwide search to find its next head football coach, the school meant it. Friday, in a letter to the team’s football parents, Gilman announced that Nick Bach, most recently the head coach of Mountain View High School in Gwinnett County, Georgia has been hired as the Greyhounds new Top Dog.
Bach, who spent the last five years at Mountain View, first as a defensive coordinator and as head coach since 2015, replaces Tim Holley, who has served as the interim head coach at Gilman for the last two seasons.
Bach’s Mountain View teams achieved school records in every statistical category. In 2016, Mountain View claimed its first state playoff and was ranked No. 9 in Georgia’s Class 7A. Last fall, it capped a 9-2 regular season by advancing to the second round of the Class 7A state playoffs for the first time in school history.
He has been honored as the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s Coach of the Week, Region 6-7A Coach of the Year, and the Gwinnett County Coach of the Year. In addition to his football duties at Mountain View, Bach has taught history and has worked in athletics administration.
A 2001 graduate of the State University College at Buffalo (NY), Bach holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness and was a defensive end on the football team. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Otterbein University and has a teaching background in social studies, health, and physical education. He also holds his RAA certification from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Mountain View, Bach coached football at two high schools in New York state and at the collegiate level at Johns Hopkins University, Otterbein University, East Stroudsburg University, and the University of Buffalo.
Holley, who is currently on sabbatical from his position as Athletic Director at Gilman, assumed the reigns as the head of the football team following the departure of Biff Poggi, and the majority of his staff, following the 2015 season, after a 19-year run at Gilman. Much of the former Greyhound staff went to St. Frances and, after one year on the football staff at the University of Michigan, Poggi joined the others at St. Frances.
Holley’s steady hand guided a depleted program through a difficult 2016 campaign and then led his squad all the way to the MIAA A Conference Championship Game in 2017, losing to St. Frances.