From the length of a football field, head coach Frank Delano knew one of his assistant coaches was sitting in the police car that just pulled up.
"I can tell it's him," DeLano said on a recent weekday practice as the sun baked his varsity football team.
He knew Stu Holloway would stop by when he got a chance, even though he was still clocked in on his day job.
"He's working his real job," DeLano said. "He's just moonlighting with us. He knows how to separate the two."
Holloway stepped out of the patrol car and onto the field, grabbed a football and started coaching up his position players, the tight ends and linebackers.
"Sports is like life," he said. "When there's adversity, it's how you react."
Holloway has proved that time and again on his day job. He was honored in January for reviving an infant who was not breathing. The child's mother tearfully said he saved her little girl's life.
He teamed with a partner, Robert Shreve, to help pull four mallard ducklings from a storm sewer in July. Neighbors hailed the duo as heroes, once again.
But Holloway doesn't see it that way. He just thinks he's doing his job, patrolling the streets of Haddonfield or on the gridiron.
"To be part of this is special," said Holloway, 35, a Voorhees resident. "We've made great strives to bring the whole town together. It's invaluable. You can't put a tag on it. We're striving for excellence. This is something special."
Back to his roots
Although Holloway grew up in Hopewell in Mercer County, his football roots are here. His dad, Howard Holloway, played here on the 1964 football championship team. Stu played football and baseball growing up, but eventually found his way back to the gridiron.
"We are all better for having the privilege and honor to know Stu," Delano said. "Coach Holloway, officer Holloway, dad Holloway, all the hats that he wears...greatness follows him for a reason.
"He lives his life the right way, a terrific husband, terrific father, tremendous friend, I could go on. He's a role model of mine for what he does in the community. I'm just privileged to call him a friend."
Holloway is not comfortable with the special attention, but the good-natured ribbing is part of the program. When asked if an assistant coach with a gun helped keep everyone in line, assistant coach Mike Miller was the first to chime in.
"It certainly keeps me in line," he said with a laugh.
Miller and DeLano are teachers in the Haddonfield school district, as well as coaches. They said seeing them and Holloway play different roles in the community and on the football field is invaluable to the kids.
"They might not realize it now, but they will someday," Miller said.
Haddonfield Police Chief John Banning agrees.
"It's always important you get to know the people in the community outside of the work place, especially for someone like Stu Holloway," Banning said.
Brian Collins, a senior tight end and linebacker, said Holloway is the same in and out of his police uniform.
"For the most part he's pretty soft-spoken," said Collins, with sweat trailing down his face during a break in practice. "He changes his approach depending on the person. He spends a lot of his time giving back to the program. He gives a lot to everyone."
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