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Aryvia Holmes named McAdory head football coach

McCalla, AL – Longtime Birmingham area assistant coach and former Samford University record setting receiver Aryvia Holmes has been named the McAdory Yellow Jackets next leader on the gridiron.  

Holmes replaces Bart Sessions who resigned in December to take the head coaching position at South Alabama’s Alma Bryant High.   Sessions lead the Yellow Jackets to a combined 10-12  record, a 6-6 mark in region play and a pair of playoff births over two seasons in west Jefferson County. 

“When I moved to McCalla in 2012, I told my wife that one day I would be the head coach at McAdory High School.”  Holmes said, “That day has come. I am extremely excited to continue investing in the McCalla community and look forward to mentoring the students at McAdory High School”. 

This will the Minor High School offensive coordinator’s first head coaching position.  After graduating from Samford University as one of the program’s all-time leading receivers, Holmes spent time playing for the AF2 Arena Football League’s Birmingham Steeldogs and participated in preseason camp with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League before entering the coaching ranks. 

The Midfield native began his coaching career at Miles College, guiding the Golden Bear’s wide receiving corps for one season before returning to Samford where he coached running backs and wide receivers for four seasons.  He stepped into the high school ranks in 2007 at Clay-Chalkville and later spent time at Homewood, Hoover, Pinson Valley and Minor.  

Holmes brings five state championship rings McAdory, winning four titles at Hoover and one as the offensive coordinator at Pinson Valley in 2017.  

Holmes has helped guide 6A Minor to three consecutive playoff births and a combined 16-16 mark since joining Adrian Abrams’ Tenacious Tigers’ staff in 2018.