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.