Jay Graham, a veteran assistant at Keyport under Hall of Famer Mike Ciccotelli, has been approved by the Board of Education as the new head coach at Holmdel.

Graham replaces Frank Papalia, who stepped down after going 14-37 in five seasons with the Hornets, who went 3-7 this past fall. Graham is also a former assistant at Holmdel and served as Holmdel's head wrestling coach for 10 seasons through 2012. He alternately served as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for Ciccotelli for 14 seasons.

His hiring leaves vacancies at Neptune, Wall and Keyport in the Shore Conference.