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Holmes Names Brad Carr Varsity Boys Basketball Coach

For the first time in its storied history, the Holmes High School boys basketball team will have an alumnus as head coach.

Brad Carr was named the new head coach on Monday. The 1987 Holmes graduate said that he always wanted this job.

“It has been a dream of mine – to coach where I played,’’ said Carr. “I always believed it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community and it would allow me to pay back all the people who gave me so much and helped me along my journey.’’

Carr, 48, spent twelve seasons as head coach at Scott, guiding the program through its transition from the 9th to the 10th Region where it blossomed into a program that was regularly competing for a regional title. He compiled a 188-156 record leading the Eagles.

Carr resigned in 2016.

Now, he takes over a Holmes program that will be just ten years removed from a state title, and six from its last trip to the Sweet 16 as champions of the 9th Region. Mike Listerman announced his retirement this season, a 12-15 campaign that saw the Bulldogs fail to make it out of the 35th District for the third straight season.

Holmes has posted losing records two years in a row.

But Carr is optimistic.

“I couldn’t be more excited,’’ he said. “I am very humbled.”

Carr is an assistant principal at Holmes Middle School. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University. He began coaching more than 20 years ago, serving as an assistant at Holmes and Simon Kenton before becoming head coach at Scott.

“We are pleased to have Brad as our new coach,’’ said Holmes Principal Scott Hornblower. “It was a very competitive process as we had several great candidates. We look forward to Brad developing and moving the program forward.’’

Superintendent Alvin Garrison said he is excited for Carr and the team.

Carr wants to rebuild the program to the prominence it once held. “My goal is to get Holmes back to competing for Ninth Region and state titles,’’ Carr said. His goal is to work with the young men on and off the court. He wants them first to be great students and then great athletes.

“I want them to use basketball as a way to become successful,’’ Carr said. “Basketball teaches them self-discipline, teamwork and how to be selfless. As a result that will make them better husbands, fathers, citizens and human beings.”

The coaching job began on a good note.

“The cool thing about it was when they offered me the job, it was on my mom’s 90th birthday,'' he said of his mother, Wanda. "That’s pretty cool how the stars aligned. She is a huge reason of why I coach.’’

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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