"Then, along the way, I got a perspective on how to be a football CEO. I developed my own way of doing things. I took some things I liked from each head coach and threw some things out I didn't like. This is a collection of 20 years watching."
It's interesting, by the way, that Holgorsen brought up the names of Mumme and Leach. Both have higher-profile names nationally. But examine the trio and discern which is, well, on top of the mountain today.
Holgorsen was recruited to Iowa Wesleyan by Mumme and Leach. After his playing days (he was a receiver), Holgorsen joined the pair as an assistant at Valdosta State.
Then the pair soared, while Holgorsen walked another path. Mumme ultimately took over as the head coach at Kentucky and took Leach, who later split to become the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma and then head coach at Texas Tech.
You might know the rest of those stories. Mumme resigned from Kentucky amid NCAA violation allegations. Today, he's coaching at Division III McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
Leach had a great run at Texas Tech before getting fired in the whirlwind that was the Adam James controversy. Today, he's a CBS College Sports announcer.
Meanwhile, shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Holgorsen will guide a team onto a field for the first time as a head coach. It's been a long climb for the 1993 graduate of Iowa Wesleyan.
And as he runs onto that field, this is what will be going through his mind:
"If we're going to get the ball first or not," he said. "And what play I'm going to call if we do get the ball first."
Nothing earth shattering.
But maybe Holgorsen learned something from Stewart as well as the other head coaches for whom he worked.
It doesn't do any good to get sentimental.
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