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Holley out at Roaring Fork

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

Greg Holley’s a football coach. He has been for more than 30 years. He’s been a teacher for even longer.

Soon, the Roaring Fork High School head football coach, physical education teacher and athletic director will be without a place to coach and without a place to teach.

Holley has been informed he’ll be out of a job come the end of the 2010-11 school year. The longtime coach said he’s a casualty of Roaring Fork School District Re-1 school district’s forthcoming budget cuts.

“That’s what I was told,” said the veteran coach, who spent the last three years at the Carbondale school. “One of those positions [cut] was my position. I certainly didn’t have tenure.”

Roaring Fork football is not going away. The school is advertising for a new head coach, along with girls basketball and boys soccer head coaching positions.

Holley said that, when his teaching position went away, so did his interest in remaining as the school’s football coach.

“I need a job, you know,” he said. “I don’t think you can become independently wealthy on a $5,000 coaching stipend.”

In the future, Holley said athletic director duties at Roaring Fork will be handled by the school’s principal, assistant principal and secretary.

Holley came to Roaring Fork in 2008 after more than a decade at Woodland Park High School.

“Any time you leave a situation like that, where I was tenured, you put a bullet in the chamber and hopefully it doesn’t fire out at you,” he said. “It just so happens, with the economy the way it’s been the last two years, there are budget cuts that every school had to go through. We certainly were affected.”

Holley guided the football Rams to a 11-19 record in his three years at the helm of the program. Injuries and the tiny school’s lack of depth posed challenges for the former All-American linebacker at Adams State College.

Holley hopes to resurface on the Western Slope football scene soon, though a head coaching job is tough to come by at this stage of the school year.

“I don’t really know yet,” he said. “It’s difficult for a football coach to find a job at this point in time. Most jobs have pretty much been filled. … When you take a look at football coaching jobs, most of them were filled at the end of the season.”

For the time being, Holley is focused on finishing out the school year.

“I’m going to finish out through the school year and do what we need to do,” he said. “I’ll keep at it and get these guys ready to go for next year.

“I’ve been in this profession for 30 years and I’ve never seen a harder-working staff than Roaring Fork High School and the teachers that work there. You know, for the small school we were, we put on four tournaments this year. We sent two teams to the state championships in Denver and Fort Collins, whether it’s basketball or volleyball.”

Roaring Fork principal Cliff Colia did not respond to voicemails requesting comment by press time on Thursday.


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