By Brad Fauber
Chris Holloway has stepped down as head coach of Skyline High School's varsity boys soccer program.
Holloway, who coached the Hawks for the last season and a half, told Skyline athletic director Bill Cupp late last week that he was resigning from the position. Skyline assistant coach Denise Clatterbuck was appointed as the new head coach for the remainder of the 2014 season at the Warren County School Board meeting on Thursday.
"I think for him it was more of a professional reason," Cupp said of Holloway's decision Friday.
Cupp said Holloway currently works full-time as a contractor, a job that Cupp said has Holloway traveling "over the whole state," and that he found it difficult to balance his full-time job with his coaching responsibilities.
"He was all over the place, and it just wasn't working out," Cupp said.
Under Holloway, the Hawks continued their struggle on the pitch that began well before Holloway was appointed as the program's new head coach in 2013. Skyline is 5-18-2 since the beginning of last season, including a 2-5-2 mark this year.
Skyline has never had a winning season in boys soccer since the school opened in 2007, and Clatterbuck will be the program's fifth head coach in that span, according to Cupp.
"It has been a tough job to keep filled and that has been for various reasons," Cupp said. "It's bad to have to replace coaches all the time, but it's usually been for professional reasons, coaches move away ... things like that."
Cupp said Clatterbuck, who had served as Holloway's assistant coach during his short tenure, was the obvious choice to be Holloway's replacement.
"It was an easy decision to move the assistant coach up to head coach for the rest of the season. It gives the kids a little continuity," Cupp said.
Clatterbuck said Holloway's decision to step down came as a surprise to her, but she added that she understood Holloway's desire to keep his best interests in mind.
Clatterbuck now faces the difficult challenge of guiding a struggling team through a midseason coaching change.
"We're basically just telling them it is what it is," Clatterbuck said of the team. "You've just got to move on and try to stay positive. We're trying to keep the boys as positive as they can be and move on."
Cupp said the school will revisit the future of the boys soccer program's head coaching position following the season. He wouldn't rule out keeping Clatterbuck in the position long-term if she was interested, but Clatterbuck said she recently acquired her certification to become a nursing assistant and doesn't expect coaching to be in her immediate future.
For now, Clatterbuck said the Hawks will focus on ending the 2014 season on a positive note as she adjusts to her new role.
"Me moving up, I was a little apprehensive. But my son's on the team, so I basically got into this for him," Clatterbuck said. "I've just got to be a good role model and do the best that I can.
"It's different, but I'm there for the kids."
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