Jay Byrne stepped up as the interim coach, vowing only to be in place for the 2012-13 season. Led by 6-foot-11 senior Maverick Morgan, the Panthers were 22-5 that season, their fifth straight of winning or sharing the GWOC South title.
Holweger was promoted to head coach the following season and kept Byrne on the staff as an assistant. Both are Fenwick graduates.
“It was time,” Holweger said after landing the Panthers position. “The call to be a head coach has never been greater in me. This is one of the premier jobs in the area. I love the high expectations that go along with this job.”
Holweger’s best season at Springboro was in 2015-16 when the Panthers were 18-6, which was good for a three-way tie for the GWOC South title. Senior Drew Holweger, Mike’s son, led that team in scoring (18.8 points). Drew is playing baseball at Furman University.
Holweger’s resignation is believed to be the first among GWOC boys coaches following this past season. New GWOC boys coaches were in place at Greenville (Kyle Joseph) and Sidney (John Willoughby) in 2016.
Holweger did not respond to requests for comment. The deadline to apply for the Springboro coaching position is April 26.
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Springboro record: 56-39 combined record over four seasons.
Last season: 13-12.
Notable: Also Lebanon's head coach 2005-06. Son Drew Holweger plays baseball at Furman University.