AHSAA Speaks Out on Coaches' Brawl


By Ellis Eskew

 The Alabama High School Athletic Association is investigating the coaches brawl that took place Friday night at a football game in Jasper, Alabama.

Friday night's fight against Cullman and Walker County High coaches left both battered and beaten, and even a bigger black eye for the schools.
Lee High School Head Football Coach Tyrone Rogers says he understands the competitiveness, but you have to draw the line.

 "Those coaches have played themselves, and quite naturally, they still have those competitive juices going. But you have to understand at all times we are role models on the field and off the field. We have to carry ourselves in such a way. Hopefully we'll get past this, we'll learn from these mistakes and continue to grow," said Rogers.

Similar incidents have happened at high school games over the years.
Alabama News Network caught one fight on tape of two girl basketball players at the Lanier/ Carver game in 2011.
St. James School Head Coach Jimmy Perry says it is extremely important for the coaches to set a good example for the players.

"The speed of the leader determines the pace of the pack. As the head football coach, you are the leader of team. Most football teams take on the characteristics or attitude that their head coach exemplifies. Very important that you remain calm and keep cool," said Perry.

This isn't the first time a fight has broken out at a game, but maybe the first coaches fight in Alabama.
Tuesday the AHSAA spoke out about the incident.
"Our member schools have over 10 thousand coaches and in the last 6 years, we've had over 12 thousand games. We've never had an incident of this nature. This is an isolated incident. And we are sure that the schools will take all the measures to prevent this type of incident from happening again," said Exec. Director Steve Saverese.

The Walker County school system had already suspended Coach John Holladay who was involved in the fight.
Now, the AHSAA announces he has resigned.

An interim coach has been named to take his place.

The AHSAA will continue to investigate.


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