Walker begins search for football coach
by Johnathan Bentley
Dec 07, 2013 | 3227 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heath Brunner served as the interim head coach for Walker over the final nine games of the season, going 8-1. Walker recently posted the opening for the head football coach. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Heath Brunner served as the interim head coach for Walker over the final nine games of the season, going 8-1. Walker recently posted the opening for the head football coach. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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Walker has begun the search for its next head football coach.
The school posted the job recently and is currently accepting applications. 
“We have no time table to hire a coach,” Jasper City Schools Athletic Director Jimmie Alexander said. “We would like to fill it as quickly as we can, but we also want to make darn sure that we are making the right decision.”
The position came open as a result of a fight between former Walker head coach John Holladay and Cullman defensive coordinator Matt Hopper on the field following the Bearcats’ last-second 13-10 win over the Vikings at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field. Holladay resigned four days after the incident. Walker also was placed on restrictive probation — resulting in a postseason ban — before playing its second game. 
Had Holladay returned as Walker’s head coach, the team would have been ineligible for the playoffs next season as well.
After Holladay’s departure, Walker went on to finish as the region champion under interim head coach Heath Brunner. The Vikings finished the season 8-2, with the only other loss coming in a non-region game against Russellville. 
Brunner, who served as Holladay’s offensive coordinator before taking over as the interim coach, has applied for the vacancy.
“With the way we finished up, I like my chances,” Brunner said. “We will see in the next couple of weeks.”
“(Brunner) has applied for the job. We may have other people on the staff apply for it. Right now, from what I understand, people think this is just a formality,” Alexander said. “I don’t care how many resumes you get, the ultimate choice boils down to the board. They will make the decision.”
Holladay served as Walker’s head coach for six years and this years’s season opener, going 52-20 and leading the Vikings to the playoffs each year. His best season came in 2008 when he guided Walker to the third round.