High School Basketball

Holmes hires ex-CovCath coach Listerman to replace Booher

Covington Catholic head coach Mike Listerman gestured to a ref after a call went against his team in the second half as Apollo played Covington Catholic in the first round of the KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 Tournament in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday, March 16, 2006. David Stephenson/Staff
Covington Catholic head coach Mike Listerman gestured to a ref after a call went against his team in the second half as Apollo played Covington Catholic in the first round of the KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 Tournament in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday, March 16, 2006. David Stephenson/Staff LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

Holmes High School wasted little time finding a replacement for boys' basketball coach Jason Booher, who announced his resignation Monday.

And the Bulldogs didn't have to look far.

Former Covington Catholic and Harrison County head coach Mike Listerman, who has been an assistant on Holmes' staff the past three seasons, was promoted to head coach Friday.

Listerman, 61, led Covington Catholic to two region titles, and guided the Colonels to the Sweet Sixteen semifinals in 2004.

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to lead the Bulldogs," Listerman told WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. "For many years they were my archrivals and now I have the great opportunity and privilege to lead this team."

Holmes figures to be a state title contender this season, led by Mr. Basketball candidate James "Beetle" Bolden.

Booher, who led Holmes to the state title in 2009, 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.

Listerman went 230-99 in 12 seasons at Covington Catholic.

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