High School Basketball

Jason Booher retires as coach of state title contender Holmes

Holmes Coach Jason Booher questioned the officials during a 2013 Sweet Sixteen game against Madison Central. Booher says he wants to "shift gears" after 18 seasons on the sidelines.
Holmes Coach Jason Booher questioned the officials during a 2013 Sweet Sixteen game against Madison Central. Booher says he wants to "shift gears" after 18 seasons on the sidelines.

Jason Booher is retiring as boys' basketball coach at Holmes, which figured to be a state title contender this coming season led by Mr. Basketball candidate James "Beetle" Bolden.

Booher, who is also an assistant principal at Holmes, announced his decision in a letter emailed to media outlets.

Booher said after 18 years of coaching — the last 13 as a head coach — he was "ready to shift gears." He wants to spend more time with his family, and watch his son and daughter play middle-school sports.

Booher, a survivor of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that killed 27 people, including 24 children, said he will continue to speak out about drinking and driving. He is also writing a book about his experiences.

Booher coached at Holmes for four years. Before that he was at Shelby Valley and led the Wildcats to the 2010 state title. He also guided Shelby Valley to All "A" Classic state titles in 2009 and '10.

Booher had a career record of 285-97.

Booher played for North Hardin in the Sweet Sixteen in 1990 and '91. He was an assistant coach on three Sweet Sixteen teams — Corbin in 1997, North Hardin in 2001 and Shelby Valley in 2002.

He also led Holmes to the 2013 state tournament.

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