Honoring a Legacy: Ron Holtman

In November, MICDS’ beloved  former coach and teacher Ron Holtman passed away peacefully at the age of 90. Just before his passing, he attended a football game to watch his beloved Rams in Ron Holtman Stadium, which was dedicated just a year ago in his honor. And in recent years, Ron saw two of his grandchildren graduate from MICDS.

Ron Holtman’s storied career at Saint Louis Country Day School and MICDS spanned five decades. He was inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992 and was also named the Missouri Football Coach of the Year in 1979, 1986, 1996 and 2004. During his career as Head Football Coach at MICDS, the Rams took home seven State Championship titles in 10 appearances. He led the team to three semifinal appearances and finished with an overall record of 324-70-5 at Saint Louis Country Day and MICDS.

Ron’s final contest as Head Football Coach was among the fondest memories of his coaching career. During that game, MICDS overcame a 25-point deficit to capture Holtman’s seventh title for the 45-42 double overtime win against defending champion Harrisonville. In a game described as the “most popular and improbable victory in Missouri championship history” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it was a dramatic ending to an incredible career.

At the time of his retirement from coaching football, Ron ranked first in wins among all active Missouri coaches and was among the winningest coaches in Missouri prep history. In addition to football victories, Ron also led the Boys Golf team to seven State Championships.

Ron was also well-loved in the classroom as a history teacher, an advisor and a mentor.  It’s hard to imagine how many young people’s lives he helped shape. Even after retiring, following a record 39 years as Head Football Coach at our School, Ron continued to be an active and present member of the MICDS community, from coaching golf to partnering with the School’s development office.

“These are just a few of the highlights that capture Ron’s exceptional legacy. But what’s most important is that he exuded the MICDS qualities of compassion, kindness and generosity and extended his enormous heart to each and every person he met,” said Head of School Lisa Lyle.

How fitting that, during last fall’s dedication of Ron Holtman Stadium, Ron was able to share his immense gratitude for this special place. During that dedication, he said, “Quite simply, I’ve had the time of my life.”

“I couldn’t think of a better phrase as Ron passes from this earth, and it gives us solace knowing that he truly lived out his purpose,” Ms. Lyle said. “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Maggie and the entire Holtman family during this time. May we take comfort knowing that Ron lived a full life of purpose and service, truly embodying the Saint Louis Country Day School and MICDS Mission. His legacy will continue to reverberate throughout this community for generations to come.”