High school coaches fight: A violent brawl that erupted this week between two Alabama high school coaches has left neither Walker nor Cullman school teams suspended or banned from upcoming football games so far, MyFoxal reports this Tuesday, Sept. 3. The bloody fistfight that broke out late Friday between defensive coordinator for Cullman high school Matt Hooper and head coach of Walker high school, John Holladay, left Holladay with an undetermined suspension, confirmed the Alabama High School Athletics Association (AHSAA).
The high school coaches fight came as a shock to both school officials and the Cullman and Walker communities on the whole. Two superintendents, Robert Sparkman and Doreen Griffeth met together this Tuesday for a meeting with AHSAA officials in Montgomery to discuss the event, possible suspensions or further decision-makings, and finally how to prevent such brawls (especially between role model figures like coaches) from erupting in the future. The group from Cullman High School included Coach Hooper in the discussion.
The director of AHSAA, Steve Savarese, announced that the organization would soon be making a decision about any news, including sanctions, set against both football teams before the end of this week. He added this Tuesday afternoon following the coaches’ fight:
"The AHSAA is saddened by the incident that occurred during the Cullman vs. Walker varsity football game and disappointed by the actions of those involved. The AHSAA is always disappointed by any unsportsmanlike incident that involves players or coaches from our member schools. Our coaches are teachers first, and must demonstrate examples of good sportsmanship at all times.
We truly understand the passions that are involved in competitive athletics, but we can never allow those passions to cross the line and become unsportsmanlike in nature. This is an isolated incident, and is not indicative of the good sportsmanship demonstrated by the more than 10,000 coaches in our state each day.
Once our investigation is complete, we will release our findings to the member schools involved. When that process has been completed, the AHSAA will release a statement. Any subsequent statements or information must then come from the member schools involved."
Following the high school coaches’ fight, the Alabama High School Athletics Association is currently investigating the brawl that erupted only after Cullman’s won Friday night’s football game against Walker with a score of 13-10. Video footage of the fight, as well as information from witnesses on both sides, are also being considered before any final decision is made on possible suspensions or potential removal for the Alabama coaches involved.