In an evening where the successes of the Mathews High School winter sports teams were on display, some big changes were announced in the school’s athletic program.
During Tuesday night’s Mathews County School Board meeting in the MHS media center, which began with a recap of the recently concluded basketball and wrestling programs, two major announcements were made.
Paul White, who has served as athletic director for the past seven years, will be stepping down on March 28 to accept the job of head football coach at The Apprentice School. And Blue Devil wrestling coach Tom Holaday, who guided that program for the past 15 seasons, also announced his retirement.
MHS baseball coach Derek Kibler, who previously served as assistant athletic director, will be stepping up to the position of athletic director for the remainder of the school year. Al Thomas, who teaches government at MHS, was appointed assistant AD for the remainder of the year.
White first came to Mathews in 2004 after two seasons heading up the football program at Gloucester High School. He served as head football coach at MHS that year. In 2007, he replaced Al DeWitt as athletic director. White was also head football coach from 2009-2012.
White was one of 92 applicants for the head coaching job at The Apprentice School, he said. Last year, he coached linebackers and helped with two special teams at the Newport News school. After the season, the head coach resigned to resume his duties as Director of Admissions for Athletics.
“It is a good fit for me and my family,” White said. Currently, three coaches have been recruiting in Virginia, N.C., S.C., Ga. and Fla. and the visit weekends have already begun. “I look forward to helping as many young people in our surrounding counties as possible if they have an interest,” White said.
“I also am grateful for my experiences at Mathews High School as a teacher, athletic director, assistant and head football coach,” he added.
At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, MHS principal Albert Green touted the successes of the school’s winter sports seasons. He began on a sad note, announcing the retirement of Holaday. “We’re saying goodbye to a legend,” Green said.