On Monday, Feb. 25, the Rockingham County Board of Education heard a proposal to name the baseball field at Reidsville High School as Ernest “Ernie” Holcomb Stadium.
Holcomb served as coach of RHS for 26 years. The only coach serving more years in one sport at RHS is Hoy Isaacs, who served 37 years as the basketball coach. The Reidsville High Booster Club gives credit to Holcomb, due to his leadership, for the bleachers, the press box, concession stand and locker room on the baseball field.
Current RHS baseball coach Brian Knowles said Holcomb helped work on the field when Knowles became varsity coach.
“People joke all the time that Coach Holcomb would eventually be buried under that field one day because he worked on it so much,” Knowles said.
Knowles began coaching junior varsity at RHS and later became the varsity baseball coach. Knowles felt touched Holcomb offered to help him anyway he could his first year. Knowles said he had everything he needed when he started as a coach thanks to Holcomb.
In 2010, the booster club came to then-RHS principal Charles Perkins, asking to name the field in Holcomb’s honor. Perkins went to the board and found out a person must retire before having anything named after them. Holcomb didn’t retire until 2011. Perkins presented the proposal to the board during Monday night’s meeting.
The board received a packet of Holcomb’s accomplishments, resume and letters of recommendation in order to encourage passing the proposal. Many people came to the board meeting to support naming the field after Holcomb.
Reidsville Downtown Corporation President Steve Moore spoke in favor of the proposal.
“That is a premiere stadium,” Moore said. “Actually it’s better than A&T’s field.”
Moore said to this day, Knowles complains if a brown patch appears on the field. He did just that during a baseball game over the weekend.
Moore offered his services to create a sign for the field with the new name.
The board may not take a vote during a work session so it must wait for the next board meeting scheduled on Monday, March 11.