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After 5 Years at the Helm, Holloway Resigns

posted Apr 18, 2018, 10:50 AM by Barry Holloway   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 11:03 AM ]
Thanks to everyone who made the last five years special: parents, students, and alumni. I will never forget the day I stood in front of eight kids, as a new teacher in the district, and promised them that Hamilton would soon be a forensics powerhouse. Many didn't believe me, but most were excited to hear some optimism in what was at the time a beleaguered program. I am really proud of what we accomplished together at Hamilton, and I am going to miss spending Saturday mornings with this team.

While it has been a great run, the coaching staff needs to step aside for a variety of reasons. Coach Kowalske is having a baby! Congrats, Coach K! Coach Starrett is taking on some new leadership roles within the district, and I am getting married this summer and looking to finish my master's degree. 

I am happy to say the coaches will be leaving this team better than they found it. We are currently the reigning back-to-back-to-back champions in the Greater Metro Conference, winners of 24 individual conference championships, winners of four individual state championships in the last five years, and have recently finished the season with back-to-back top-6 finishes at the WFCA State Tournament.


For me, it has been a lot of fun watching this program grow over the last five years, and I have loved every minute if it. We have not begun the search for a new coach yet because I wanted you to hear it from us first. We have created a transition team of students who will manage the team into this new era until a coach is found, and I am excited to see who will take over this program in the next couple of months. I know they will bring with them fresh, new, and exciting ideas that will make this change a step forward and not a step backward. I trust that you will all carry on the great forensics tradition that this school has built over the last couple of years. While our coaches have helped create that, this team is more than one person or a few coaches, and I fully expect you to add to our great legacy next season.


--Coach Holloway