Jack Holmes, a former administrator in Jerseyville, will serve as Marquette Catholic High School's interim director of athletics.
Jack Holmes has spent his life teaching, coaching and providing educational service in various ways.
And Holmes, 70, will continue doing that, this time at Marquette Catholic High School.
The Explorers announced Friday that Holmes, a former administrator in Jerseyville, will serve as their interim director of athletics. He replaces Sara Ulrich, who accepted a job as coordinator for the Beyond the Bell program in the Triad School District. Ulrich was Marquette’s AD the past four years.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Holmes, a principal at St. John Neumann Catholic School for 11 years. He retired from that position in May and sought to continue working in some educational capacity.
Holmes quipped, “When you get to my age, you never know what the next day will bring.”
When Marquette came calling, Holmes answered promptly. He signed a contract Friday and will start his duties Tuesday.
“I’ll be here through next May,” he said of his interim status. Marquette then expects to take applications in hiring a full-time athletics director.
He said, “I won’t be coaching any sports, but I will be visible and put a lot of passion into what I’m doing.”
Holmes has coached football, officiated basketball and worked in the Jerseyville School District for 30 years (1974-2004). The Villa Grove (central Illinois) native served as a junior high principal, dean of students, director of athletics and coach. He was an administrator for 15 years.
At Marquette, he will oversee a program that competes in the Prairie State Conference. The Explorers added field hockey this fall and Ulrich will continue to coach the girls’ team. Overall, Marquette features 19 boys’ and girls’ sports.
“There’s great tradition here and I know a lot of people at Marquette,” said Holmes, a Jerseyville resident.
His ties to St. John Neumann Catholic assisted him in landing the Marquette job, Holmes indicated.
“It was a wonderful opportunity there,” he said of the Maryville school. “Bob Baird, who is the Marquette assistant principal, taught for me at St. John Neumann and helped make it all happen here. I think he thought about me when there was an opening.
He added, “Mike Slaughter (principal) is a tremendous guy. I have known him for years. So it’s all very exciting for me.”
Slaughter welcomed Holmes to the Marquette family.
"Jack has a lot of experience because he has done this before and he brings a lot of assets to the table," Slaughter said. "He has worn a lot of hats and he knows so many people.
"Jack is so well-known in so many different ways. Everybody knows him and his reputation is top-notch. He's personable and I think people will be comfortable with him. When he introduced himself to the student body this (Friday) morning, they applauded him."
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