American Football Database
Johnny Holland
Linebackers coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-03-11) March 11, 1965 (age 57)
Place of birth: Bellville, Texas
Career information
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 1987 for the Green Bay Packers
Last played in 1993 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
 As player:
* Green Bay Packers (1987–1993)
 As coach:
* Green Bay Packers (1995–1997)
(Defensive quality control coach)
  • Green Bay Packers (1998)
    (Special teams coach)
  • Green Bay Packers (1999)
    (Linebackers coach)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2000)
    (Assistant special teams coach)
    (Assistant strength and conditioning coach)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2001–2002)
    (Linebackers coach)
  • Detroit Lions (2003–2004)
    (Defensive assistant)
  • Detroit Lions (2005)
    (Linebackers coach)
  • Houston Texans (2006–2010)
    (Linebackers coach)
  • Oakland Raiders (2012)
    (Linebackers coach)
  • BC Lions (2014-Present)
    (Linebackers coach)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus first-team All-American (1985)
Games     103
Sacks     3.5
Interceptions     9

Johnny Ray Holland (born March 11, 1965 in Bellville, Texas) is the linebackers coach for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and a former linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He played linebacker for the Green Bay Packers from 1987-1993. He is an inductee into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame, the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Playing career

High school

Holland is a graduate of Hempstead High School in Hempstead, Texas. While attending Hemsptead High, Holland was a letterman in several sports. He would become an All-State player in both football and basketball while simultaneously becoming a Top 10 student. Holland is the first of only two Hempstead High School Alumni to play in the NFL, the other being Harvey Williams.


Prior to his Pro-football career, Holland was a four year letterman at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas. While at Texas A&M, he was a three year starter, and was Texas A&M's all time leading tackler until his record was broken in 1998 by Dat Nguyen.[1]


Holland was a 2nd round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers in 1987. He posted over 100 tackles for six consecutive seasons while playing for Green Bay. He retired from play after the 1993 season. He is now married and has three children.

Coaching career

After retiring as a linebacker for Green Bay, Holland moved on to an NFL coaching career. Holland began his coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1995-97. He went on to coach special teams in 1998 and linebackers in 1999. He would help to lead the Packers to back-to-back NFC Championships following the 1995 and 1996 seasons and an NFL Championship in Super Bowl XXXI.

In 2000, Holland moved on to the Seattle Seahawks, where he served as the assistant special teams/assistant strength and conditioning coach. While there he returned to his more familiar role as linebackers coach in 2001-2002.

For the 2003 season Holland would move to the Detroit Lions. While in Detroit, he was defensive assistant coach for 2003–2004 and linebackers coach for 2005.

Holland has returned to his Texas roots for the 2006 season. He was the linebackers coach for the Houston Texans until being fired in 2011.

In 2012, he was hired by new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen to coach the team's linebackers. On December 31, 2012, he was relieved of his duties.

He has recently been hired by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League as a Linebackers coach on February 19, 2014 after 17 years of coaching in the National Football League.


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