Holmes to appeal coach ruling
By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The battle for the bench isn't over yet, according to the attorney for Martinsburg High School basketball coach Victor L. Holmes.
"We're going to appeal. We're getting the papers together now," Danny Staggers said Tuesday.
Holmes will remain as coach of the Bulldogs through the end of this season despite a ruling last week by the West Virginia Education and State Employees Grievance Board to reinstate former coach Dave Rogers.
Staggers described Holmes as "very disappointed and we feel the hearing examiner made many, many errors."
Rogers and Holmes have been rotating in and out of the coach's seat for several seasons.
Rogers resigned after the 1993-94 season to become principal of South Middle School and Holmes was hired as interim coach. Rogers' attorney, Larry Schultz, claims his client was improperly told by then-superintendent James Bennett that principals could not serve as coaches.