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Diller out at Greenup County: Holmes takes reins as interim coach

Mar. 22—Mike Diller is out as Greenup County's softball coach.

School officials informed the veteran skipper of his termination on Monday, one game into his second season. The Musketeers were coming off a 17-win campaign in 2023 after winning eight games in the prior season.

The terms for the dismissal were not disclosed but Diller said learning the news after his initial season was a shock.

"I received a letter of termination with a list of four minor infractions that didn't go along with their policy," Diller said. "We started our season on March 16 and I was fired on the following Monday."

Greenup County superintendent Traysea Moresea confirmed the dismissal on Friday.

Diller said there were two previous meetings with school administration, and he was willing to work with them to resolve the school's concerns.

Moresea said she could not comment on personnel issues.

"The decision was not made lightly," Moresea said, "especially due to the season just beginning. We know the program itself has seen a great deal of turbulence and coaching changes in recent years. We want to make sure that we focus on the kids and players and how they can be supported and developed."

"During their spring break trip, they still plan to head to Gatlinburg, Tennessee," she continued, "so they can bond and experience their competition. We were happy to see they persevered in Thursday's 21-4 win at Fleming County. The future is bright. We have a lot of talented young ladies."

Diller was hired by Greenup County in 2022 after a pair of assistant coaching stints at Raceland. He also coached at Lewis County for two seasons and led the Lions, at that time, to a program-record 22 wins. Diller was named the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association 16th Region Coach of the Year in 2019.

Diller is a 1984 Greenup County graduate and the chance to lead a program at his alma mater reenergized his coaching pursuits.

The Musketeers won six of their last nine games last year, including victories over four-time defending 63rd District champion Lewis County and eventual state semifinalist Rowan County.

"It was the only reason that I came back (to coaching)," Diller said. "I had got out of coaching a couple of years before that. I was kind of ready to give that up. When this job at Greenup County opened up again, I had quite a few parents and players approach me to say come up here and apply for it."

"I kind of wavered about it because I had already made up my mind," he added."I have grandkids and I can run around and do stuff with them. But it was my alma mater. I wanted to make something happen. I know they have been in bad shape so let's see if we can get things to go our way. ... There was a lot of enthusiasm that first fall. The kids put a lot of work in, and we went out in the spring and put things together. I thought we put together one heck of a season, going from 8-17 to 17-11."

Greenup County has had five softball coaches in five seasons.

Jaclyn Holmes will take the reins of the program as interim coach. She previously served as a middle school coach for Greenup County.