Forrest Holt is currently the Athletic Director for Elizabethton High School. As Athletic Director, he has the opportunity to help student-athletes succeed and achieve their goals on and off the field. His goal is to inspire and model service, perseverance, and integrity in a positive environment.
He considers one of his most impactful roles was as a special education teacher while at Elizabethton High School. He was able to support and teach students while helping them achieve goals that would set them up for success post high school. He received multiple grants for his classroom, including a student work-based learning program, and earned teacher of the year at Elizabethton High School during that time.
Forrest is a former graduate of Carson Newman College where he earned a B.S. in Education and played on the football team under Head Coach Ken Sparks. He played Linebacker and Defensive End and was an elected leader on the player committee.
Forrest has been a teacher and coach for the last 15 years. In addition to teaching physical education, health, strength and conditioning, and special education, Forrest also coached football, track, basketball, soccer, and powerlifting. He is honored to have coached multiple state champions, national champions, and had the opportunity to impact many lives in a positive way. He earned 2, 6A team state championships in powerlifting (girls and boys) and received Coach of the Year honors in Texas. Forrest also set a personal state powerlifting record in USA Powerlifting.
Forrest is married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica Lenden-Holt, and they have two children, Alayna (age 12), and Brayden (age 11). He attends First Baptist Church of Elizabethton. He is passionate about his family, spending time together, and enjoy traveling together. He also enjoys lifting weights and competing at just about anything…from strongman competitions to Dancing with the Stars.