Jason Booher, who guided Shelby Valley to the boys' Sweet Sixteen championship two months ago, is pulling up stakes in Pike County and heading for Northern Kentucky.
Booher has been hired as the new coach at Holmes, which won the 2009 state title under David Henley.
Henley announced a few weeks ago that he was moving to take over as coach at North Oldham.
Booher said that as soon as he heard Holmes was in the market for a coach, it got his attention.
"I'm leaving all the memories and all the success here but, on other side of it, I'm looking forward to a new opportunity and a new challenge," Booher said. "There's not a handful of jobs I'd leave Shelby Valley for, but Holmes is one of them. It's thought of as one of the best basketball jobs in the state.
"Obviously, I'm going to go there and try to win another state championship."
Booher led Shelby Valley to three state tournaments in four years and back-to-back All "A" titles. He had a six-year record of 160-37.
Booher said he's looking forward to employing his style of play — "ripping and running, pressing full court the entire game" — at Holmes, which "has a lot of speed and quickness. I think it'll be a good fit, and one those kids will love playing."