Holden will remain boys coach


Bobby Holden, who recently resigned as New Palestine girls soccer coach, enters his third season as the coach of the NP boys soccer team this fall. Daily Reporter file photo.

NEW PALESTINE — New Palestine will welcome its third girls soccer head coach in three years following the resignation of Bobby Holden.

At Monday’s Southern Hancock School Board meeting, former Holden assistant Gina Fannin was hired to replace Holden, who stepped down after one season with the girls’ program.

Holden pulled off a rare feat in 2012: He was head coach of the New Palestine boys and girls soccer teams simultaneously. The Greenfield-Central graduate and local club soccer aficionado will continue to guide the Dragons’ boys team, where he’ll be in his third season.

Holden didn’t get into specific reasons for giving up the girls position.

“It wasn’t one main thing,” he said Sunday. “There’s a lot of little things that kept arising that required the thought to actually go out there and decide to go back to two separate head coaches.”

The Dragons went 12-7 on the girls’ side last season, losing in the sectional championship to Greenfield-Central. The loss ended a six-year sectional title streak for the Dragons. Dana Merrick coached the New Palestine girls for several years before stepping down, and Holden took over a team last year that had graduated several key starters.

Holden directed the New Palestine boys to a 10-7-1 record, ending with a sectional championship loss to Mt. Vernon.

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