Eugene Holloman will be in Harrisonburg this weekend for the James Madison spring football game.
Holloman, who starred at Bayside High and JMU, will be there for the game but also to sign copies of his first novel, “The Athlete-Student: Freshman Year.”
The signing will take place at noon at Bridgeforth Stadium on the lower concourse.
Holloman, 32, said he's excited to return to JMU because he’s “going back to where it all started.”
Holloman was a second-team All-Tidewater defensive back for the Marlins in 2003. He switched to running back at JMU and earned a first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2006 and second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association in 2008.
His 1,085 yards in 2006 still ranks 10th in school history for rushing yards in a season. He finished his career with 2,311 yards, just shy of the top 10.
He had dreams of the NFL but two significant knee surgeries before his senior year derailed those plans.
Holloman admits he chose an easy major so he could stay eligible, a decision he now regrets because he didn't take school more seriously.
While some of his college buddies were off to corporate careers or entrepreneurship, he spent the next four years in his parents’ home discovering his passions and what career path he wanted to pursue.
He enrolled in a master’s program to pursue his MBA while working as an elementary school tutor and sales rep for a high-end suit retailer. While not making enough money to pay for school, he eventually landed an entry-level job at a fortune 500 healthcare company. Soon thereafter, he applied and was hired to the company’s leadership development program.
Holloman is a regulatory compliance manager for the same company and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Regent University.