RANDOLPH, NJ- In the words of William Shakespeare, "All's well that ends well." The confusion and controversy surrounding Randolph high school football coach Tarig Holman potentially not returning to the team in 2017 appears to have ended.
“Coach Holman will be coaching for us this coming season,” said Randolph High School Athletic Director Jeff Dilollo. “We are thrilled that he has decided to continue as Randolph High School’s Head Football coach.”
At the Randolph Board of Education meeting on Tuesday May 9, the agenda included a motion to “Approve the appointment of coaching assignments for the Fall 2017 school year”, and listed the stipends associated with each sport. Coach Holman’s name was on the list and was approved, along with all the other coaches, indicating he was in fact remaining in place.
According to a new ruling, names are not allowed to be used when discussing personnel matters, so Holman could not be mentioned by name. However, Board President Al Matos made a mention of the situation in a roundabout way.
“Since we had such a large crowd the last time we met, I want to highlight that the football coach is currently being rehired under this motion, as well,” said Matos, referring to the personnel motion with the 2017-2018 school year contracts for over 400 teachers.
Back in April, Holman had declined to accept the offer to remain as coach for the up-coming season, and a letter was sent to the Randolph football community on April 21 informing parents and players of the situation. The door appeared to open up again at the Board of Ed meeting on April 25, when players and parents flooded the room with many speaking at the public portion in strong support of taking steps to keep Holman as coach.
The Randolph high school Administration, and the Athletic Department, and Coach Holman had all declined to comment these past few weeks while they worked on resolving the matter.