Boulton to replace Wagner as Holgate football coach


HOLGATE -- James Wagner is out as head football coach at Holgate.

Wagner, who was in his third year at the helm of the program, was officially dismissed on Tuesday. Jeff Boulton has been named as interim head coach of the Tigers.

"The Holgate Board of Education and Administration are aware that Mr. Wagner has plead 'no contest' to a criminal offense involving the theft of funds that were obtained in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser," said Kelly Meyers, Holgate superintendent of schools. "Mr. Wagner is currently on leave pending the outcome of these criminal proceedings.

"Our attorneys have advised us that this remains a private employment matter still being dealt with, so no further comments can be shared at this time. Mr. Wagner's previous teaching and coaching responsibilities are being covered."

Wagner had a 2-26 record in his tenure at Holgate, including a 1-6 record this season.

Boulton, who was the offensive coordinator at Holgate in 2009-10, will lead the Tigers the final two weeks of the season, at Tinora on Friday and home with Antwerp on Oct. 28.

"We're really happy to get him," Holgate athletic director Paul Wayne said of Boulton. "We're saddened to have coach Wagner leave but we feel real positive about Jeff Boulton."

No determination has been made about the 2012 football coach.

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