The mission of the Holderness School football program is to foster a love for the game and for the strategic planning it takes to win. Our players are drilled in the safest possible techniques, and contact drills are strictly monitored. Games are played with a high level of intensity and with respect for opponents and officials.
The members of the football team are not only dedicated to football, they are also world-class skiers, college-bound hockey players, nationally recruited basketball players, and Division I and III lacrosse players. In other words, playing multiple sports is seen as an advantage not a weakness. We expect our players to be vital members of other varsity teams and great citizens in our community.
Before coming to Holderness, Coach Graham was a football coach for 8 years at numerous levels. From 2010 until 2012, Coach Graham worked as the Offensive Graduate Assistant to Division I FCS power University of Montana. There he helped the Grizzlies come within a point of a national championship, while helping to recruit and develop more than a dozen future National Football League players (seven of whom remain in the NFL). In the summer after his work with Montana, Coach Graham worked with the San Diego Chargers player personnel department as a scouting intern; working to evaluate players on the verge of either being cut from the team or promoted off of the practice squad.
Choosing to pursue teaching and coaching at the high school level, Coach Graham completed his Master’s in History at the University of Montana, while also returning to coach at his alma mater of Sentinel High School. During his two years with Sentinel, the Spartans returned to the postseason for only the second time in 20 years and produced numerous college football players, two of whom continued on at the Division I level.
Coach Graham began coaching at Holderness in 2015, initially working as the Offensive Coordinator under Head Coach Duane Ford. As the Bulls’ offensive coordinator, Coach Graham helped the offense finish third in the league in scoring in 2015 and assisted a large number of players receive offers to play football at the college level.
Receivers/Defensive Backs Head Junior Varsity Coach
After graduating from Bates College in 2001, where he played guard for the Bobcats, Coach Livingstone began his coaching and teaching career at Bridgton Academy. While at Bridgton, Livingstone worked with numerous position groups and coached two players who made it to the National Football League – Victor Cruz and Courtney Greene. In 2006, he moved on to Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, NY where he worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator until the spring of 2017. At Poly Prep, Livingstone coached a number of Division I, Ivy League, Patriot League, and NESCAC football players. Additionally, he had the opportunity to clinic with Don Brown, currently the Defensive Coordinator at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2017, Coach Livingstone and his family moved to Holderness where he teaches history and works in residential life. On the field, he coaches the Receivers and Defensive Backs, while serving as Head Coach of the Junior Varsity football program.