During the June 16 Big Walnut school board meeting, it was revealed that Big Walnut High School varsity baseball coach Chris Holly had been told on June 14 that he would be replaced for the 2017 season.
On June 18, in response to an email, Big Walnut High athletic director Brian Shelton said there was no hard timeline for seeking Holly’s replacement, but interviews would likely begin in mid-July.
“The decision was made to search for a new coach of our varsity baseball program,” Shelton said. “Concerns that have been discussed for the past four years have not resulted in improvement. While wins and losses are important, it’s vital that we consider all responsibilities that come with a head-coaching role, and make decisions based on what’s best for our student-athletes.”
Shelton said there would be a posting for the varsity baseball head coach supplemental contract in the near future.
“The hiring process will include input from our baseball community,” Shelton added. “We will continue to communicate with families during the hiring process.”
During Holly’s tenure as head coach, Big Walnut played for district titles in 2011 and 2012 for the first time since 2004. Holly’s team won the 2015 District II title and the school’s first-ever regional title, advancing to the 2015 OHSAA DII Final Four.
After OHSAA realignment placed Big Walnut in Division I, the Golden Eagles won the 2016 DI District title.
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