Earlier this month it was awarded ELITE status as a NFHSnetwork broadcasting school. The NFHS, affiliated with the TSSAA, is an organization that provides the necessary tools to stream high school sports. The NFHS has over 1,700 member schools from all over the country with the top 50 schools being designated as Elite. This is not just a one year wonder.
Wilson Central has streamed its football games for 15 years but it was about two years ago that students of the school began to really get involved. In the early years, it was Jay “Doc” Holladay who got it started.
“Back in 2003 we had some fathers of football players who were serving overseas in Iraq so we wanted to connect them with their sons with an audio stream so they could at least hear their son playing the game,” Holladay said. “As technology improved, we got to stream video with the audio. The rest, as they say, is history.”
Holladay has been coaching and teaching in the school system for 31 years and is a fixture not only in Wilson County but Middle Tennessee sports. He did statistics for his high school team in the late 1970s calling scores into The Tennessean for years and continued to do the same for Mt. Juliet High School football from 1986-2001 while coaching football, and boys and girls basketball at the old Mt. Juliet Junior High.
When Wilson Central opened, he elected to transfer to become assistant girls’ basketball coach, winning two state championships with the Lady Wildcats in ‘06 and ‘08. Holladay most recently was tennis coach for eight years at the school until January of 2017 when Principal Travis Mayfield had an idea. He wanted his athletics department to be more media driven and parent friendly and he knew Holladay’s experience would be the ticket.
Starting wilsoncentralsports.com and joining the NFHS network while adding a twitter account--WCSN16 for social media purposes, the Sports Information Department was born and is now reaping the rewards. Holladay says it’s the students that have really been the catalyst of the success. This group of students broadcasts as many home sporting events as possible including football, basketball volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, etc. They run all aspects of a Sports Information Department.
But what contributed to the department’s quick success was a student, Christian Kaposy. As a freshman four years ago, he was one of a small group of students who helped broadcast the football games.
“Kaposy was a natural,” Holladay said.
It all paid off for Kaposy as he was selected as one of the three top announcers in the country by NFHS. During Kaposy’s time at Wilson Central, WCSN (Wilson Central Sports Network) was named. Kaposy graduated in 2017 and is now a freshman at Belmont University following his dream. All is not lost, however, as Kaposy left the announcing in good hands as juniors Kameron Bond, and sophomore Nathan Maxwell will take over that role for WCSN.
The Sports Information Department is composed of 20 students with the intent to expand their membership. Students have specific assignments to contribute to the departments agenda - supply media outlets as well as the general public information about the schools’ athletic teams’ results and their success. Holladay is always seeking students who have interests as a photographer, web site admin, social media and computer processors, video and audio engineers and sport article writers.
“Colleges and universities of all levels are looking for talent to help their departments,” Holladay said, ”Most of the schools, if not all, offer some level of scholarship to attend their school and help with their Sports Information Department.”
Just as ESPN and the other major networks, as well as regional, need advertising to stay on the air, so does wilsoncentralsports.com. The group continues to seek funding through donations and advertising to local companies. They offer the ability to advertise during each broadcast and offer hyperlinks to their companies website through WilsonCentralSports.com which has had over 140,000 hits since August of 2016 Interested individuals should contact [email protected] or any member of the group to help promote athletics through the Sports Information Department.