When I think of Waynesfield-Goshen’s Doug Foley, I think of basketball.
After all, he was the Tigers boys’ varsity coach for six years and won a couple of league championships in that time.
But this week I learned Foley has been named the head football coach at W-G.
“Yes, I love basketball and going to the state tournament, but there is nothing that gets me jacked up more than football Friday night,” he told me Monday on Sportstalk with Koza.
Foley replaces Gary Spencer, who resigned after eight seasons at the helm.
“We (W-G) didn’t have much movement in teaching positions in the school, and they were having a tough time in finding a coach, from the ones that did apply, so the committee approached me about taking the head coaching job. I talked to my wife and looked at where we are at, and she said why not go for it,” Foley said.
So he did, and the board said yes.
“You know, I’ve actually had more varsity experience on the football side of it than basketball, and I really look forward to the opportunity.”
Foley had coached football at Columbus Grove, Elida and LCC, before coming to Waynesfield.
“At Columbus Grove, I was pretty young and kind of thrown into the mix, and had to learn on the run. But, in ’85 when I went to Elida, I learned a lot there and being with kids. I coached under Jim Dally and later Ron Jackson. That was really where I learned about dealing with kids and getting the most out of them, and learning the Xs and Os part of the game. I attribute to what I know about football to them. In fact, when I was going through the decision-making process, Ron Jackson was the first person I talked to about taking the football job. I give a lot of credit to the folks at Elida.”
Foley also coached Waynesfield’s junior high program for a couple of years after Spencer had asked him to do so in 2010.
“I have known Doug since he was coaching at Elida. He did a great job running our junior high team, and I am happy for him to get the head coaching position,” Spencer said.
That junior high experience will pay off for Foley because the kids who played then are sophomores and juniors in the program now.
“I have a good rapport with the kids. Plus, my job as guidance counselor gives me the opportunity to be around the players as well.”
Foley takes over a program that was just 4-6 last fall but still qualified for the state playoffs. In fact, the Tigers have made it to the postseason in four of the last eight seasons.
“We lose a lot of seniors, but there is a good nucleus to work with. They are working hard in the weight room, and we hope to build on that.”
Interesting that Foley had initially planned on officiating football this fall. He recently got his officiating license.
“I guess I will put that (officiating) on the shelf now for the next couple years and give this (coaching football) a shot.”
Good for Doug.
Good for Waynesfield-Goshen, too.
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