Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Holt steps down as Rocky Mount football coach

Charles Alston of North Carolina iHigh.com reports Tuesday evening that Rocky Mount football head coach B.W. Holt is resigning after six seasons at the school.

Holt has led the Gryphons to four conference championships and to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A East finals twice. He went 71-12 at RMHS and is one of just three active coaches in the state with more than 300 wins.

Wow! Looks like Fike isn't the only 3-A NEW 6 Conference program with upheaval in its coaching ranks. Pat Smith, who directed Rocky Mount to the 2008 state 3-A baseball crown, announced his retirement last week.

Fike, of course, will have a new football coach and boys basketball coach next year and is rumored to have a new athletic director and girls basketball coach with John Gay's impending departure.

That means there will be at least three new coaches next season in the NEW 6 — which will become the 3-A Big East Conference — Fike's Kim Brown, Northern Nash's Mickey Crouch and whoever takes Holt's place.

I will miss Coach Holt, even though I didn't have the privilege of dealing with him very often. He is a colorful character, quick with a quip and he certainly elevated the level of play in this area. Best of luck to him and his wife, Barbara.


  1. Paul when are you going to let citizens of Wilson know this on the front of the sports page.

  2. Since this is a Rocky Mount High School story, it's not a front-page story for The Wilson Times as we don't cover RMHS. There is enough going on in Wilson to fill our pages but I thought it was of enough interest to include it on my blog.

  3. I agree, Paul, this story is not front page news to the average sports fan in Wilson. I do, however, feel that it would have been worth while to include the article in the local sports section somewhere. Holt has been the coach of a consistent football power in this area. Also, with Hunt joining Rocky Mount and Fike next fall Holt’s firing directly has meaning to two-thirds of the high school football players and coaches in Wilson. Bottom line, football draws the biggest crowds and generates the most money for the high schools which shows that people are interested in the sport. So anytime you can insert a football article during June it would not hurt to do so. I look forward to your football preview in August.