New Hampshire Football Report

Yukica Profile: Ethan Holt

NOTE: The 2020 Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar/Athlete banquet was cancelled this year because of COVID-19. Each Scholar/Athlete will be recognized with a commemorative program, a plaque and a personal profile that will appear in the program, on the New Hampshire Football Report, the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter web site ( and the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter Facebook page. This is one in a series of 39 profiles. Once published, each profile can be accessed by clicking on the athlete’s name at the bottom of the page.

Bishop Guertin High School

You can’t say Bishop Guertin High School’s Ethan Holt isn’t a team player. When injuries ravaged BG’s offensive line during Holt’s junior season, he volunteered to move from running back to offensive tackle, even though he weighed about 153 pounds. 

“He’s a kid who’s willing to play any position,” BG coach John Trisciani said. “Pretty sure he started at linebacker his sophomore year, so it was pretty clear where he was going to play on defense. Offensively, he played some running back. We had some injuries and it got to the point that after a practice early in a game week (junior year)  he came up to me and said, ‘If you need me to go to the offensive line I’ll do it.’ It wasn’t even something the coaching staff had thought about. Usually we’re trying to talk kids into playing different positions and how they can help the team. 

“His thing was you can put some younger kid there, or you can put me there. He was confident that he would be able to learn what we were doing in the offensive line within that week. It came down to a trust thing. He mostly played tackle for us and went up against some big boys. He definitely held his own and helped us a great deal.”

Holt was a two-year captain and led BG in tackles during his junior and senior seasons. He excelled in the classroom as well, and was among the 39 NHIAA football players selected to receive the Scholar/Athlete Award from the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Holt is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science Honor Society. He was a four-year student council representative, and was involved in numerous other extra-curricular activities, including the drama club, the school band, the Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT) and the campus ministry.

“By far our best leader,” Trisciani said. “This past year what was pretty cool was his willingness to help the younger kids. He spent a ton of time with the incoming freshmen and spoke to them about what he learned and what they needed to do if they want to have a successful career playing high school football. He was a big-time leader all-around. Really impressed with that.”

Holt was selected to participate in the CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game. Trisciani said he expects Holt to play primarily defense in the CHaD game, but added that Holt is also exceptional on special teams and could help in that area as well.                                                                                                                                                     “He’s really mature,” Trisciani said. “He was always doing everything he could to make himself and the team better. Always putting the team first, 100 percent.”

Q and A with Ethan Holt

Q: Please describe the most memorable moment of your high school football career. 

AThe most memorable experience of my football career has to be our senior night. Having my last game of high school football be a win meant a lot and made the moment even better.

Q: Tell us about someone who has had a significant influence on your life.

A: My father has had a huge influence on my whole life, including football. He was there for my first snap as a coach and he was there for my last as a fan. Without him I would have never learned some of the lessons that make me the person and player I am today. 

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why? 

A: My favorite subject in school is science. I like it because it is like football in some ways. Every theory and problem is just many tiny pieces all coming together and doing their job to achieve something greater.

Q: What life lessons have you learned from football? 

A: I have learned a myriad of lessons from football but there is one that will always be more important than the rest. The ability to work hard and push forward. Life knocks you down and in today’s world a lot of people lay on the ground waiting to get picked up. Football has not only taught me to get up, it has given me the tools to help others push on with me. 

Q: What is your dream job? 

A: My dream job is to become an educator and a coach of football. 


2020 Scholar/Athletes: Keith Albergo (Winnacunnet), Thatcher Allen (Exeter), Cole Ames (Lebanon)Mason Belsky (Windham), Patrick Brust (Bishop Brady)Jaedon Cliche (Exeter), Riley Desmarais (Windham)Bobby DiCicco (Windham), Jared Dyer (Merrimack), Casey Gladu (Portsmouth)Owen Gormley (Salem)Jack Grogan (Bedford)Steven Guerette (Bow)Evan Haskins (Pelham), Samson Hodges (Milford), Ethan Holt (Bishop Guertin), Jack Jones (Bedford)Charlie Kneissl-Williams (Bedford)Hunter Lassard (St. Thomas)Joseph Lupo (Bishop Guertin)Jake MacInnis (Pinkerton)Braden McDonnell (Nashua South)Will MacLean (St. Thomas), Hayden Moses (Bishop Guertin)Riley Mulvey (Salem)Kyle O’Connor (Nashua South)Nolan Pafford (Portsmouth)Wade Rainey (Lebanon)Ismael Rivera (Bishop Brady)Oceanne Skoog (Newfound)Caleb Smith (Lebanon)Rolando Sylvain-Stott (Newfound), John Thibault (Trinity), Zach Twardosky (Merrimack), Gavin Urda (Milford), Carter Vedrani (Campbell), Jacob Wenger (Trinity), Jon Willeman (Lebanon) and Devin Wood (Merrimack).

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