Foley named Tiger coach

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Education members confirmed rumors Wed-nesday  that had been circulating for nearly a month by hiring Doug Foley as the school’s varsity football coach.

“I am excited to get started,” Foley said of his hiring after Wednesday’s school board meeting.

Foley was just one of several dozen applicants for the position, but the field narrowed quickly as many suitors were also looking for a full-time teaching position.

Included among the applicants was a former

NFL linebacker and an Arena Football League coach.

Foley said he plans to continue in the style of former varsity coach Ernie Simpson, who also had applied for the position.

Simpson was varsity coach in 2003-2004, which included a 6-4 record in 2004, the first winning season the school had in several years.

Gary Spencer took over the program and guided the team to a 56-28 mark over the next eight seasons before resigning after this past season. Spencer’s team this past season was 4-7.

“I think it started there,” Foley said of the communities new-found love for the sport. “Ernie came in here and got the kids excited about football. He was able to get kids into weight-training and conditioning, and then Gary was able to come in and continue to build on that.”

Foley said he knows he has some big shoes to fill, but he said he is ready to take on the task.

“The community has became excited about football,” Foley said. “When I was serving as athletic director, you could see the community was hungry to be a football community.”

Despite the recent success, the school’s first playoff win still remains elusive despite five trips in the school’s history.

“We have our work cut out for us because we not only want to maintain what has been built,” Foley said. “We want to build on it. I am willing to accept the challenge.

Foley served as varsity basketball coach from 2002-2008, coaching the team to a 58-67 mark which included a league championship his first year.

He also served as a junior high football coach in 2011-2012 during Spencer’s tenure. He served several years as the school’s athletic director and is now a guidance counselor at the school.

“I think it is a benefit that the players will see me every day,” Foley said. “Many of the kids that played when I coached junior high are now sophomores and juniors.

Board members also approved the rehiring of Scott Gray as defensive coordinator, Robin Funk as an assistant coach, and 2009 graduate and football standout Jake Spencer to his coaching staff.

Board President Dave Pepple said board members were happy with the selection of Foley.

“We are excited to have him,” Pepple said. “He knows the kids already and we are confident he will take the team in the right direction.”