Interim Cornwall coach Holzapple takes himself out of running for full-time job

By Justin Rodriguez

Section 9 Football Insider

Interim Cornwall football coach Eric Holzapple, who led the Green Dragons to the Class A state championship last month, has decided not to make a run at the job full-time.

Cornwall is expected to begin its search for its new head coach in the coming weeks.

“This is just the best decision for my family and I,” said Holzapple, 29, a math teacher at Cornwall High. “I don’t think it came as a surprise to the administration. They gave me the space to make my decision. I think the best role that I fit is as an assistant. That is best for the program.”

Holzapple expects to serve as Cornwall’s offensive coordinator next year. He filled that role until October 5th when Mike Connolly abruptly resigned as the Green Dragons’ head coach after 4 ½ successful seasons. Holzapple was elevated to interim coach and went 7-0, helping Cornwall become the first Section 9 team to win a Class A state title.

(Cornwall coach Eric Holzapple talks to quarterback Aidan Semo during the Class A state championship game. Photo credit: Lynn Fern.)

The Green Dragons capped a perfect 12-0 season by defeating West Seneca East 21-14 in the state championship game on November 23rd in Syracuse. Only two other Section 9 teams have ever won state championships Rondout Valley ( Class B, 2000) and Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA, 2005).

“It’s Coach Holzapple’s choice and I don’t blame him,” Cornwall junior center Joe Parker said. “I think he could have been the head coach. Coach Holzapple told us that he will have a say in who becomes the next coach and I obviously trust him. He will still do a great job running the offense and I’m confident in our team.”

Added Cornwall freshman quarterback Aidan Semo: “Obviously, Coach Holzapple stepped up for us. But he is married and wants to start a family. I respect his decision. I think we will adapt and be fine.”

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