Jason Foley is headed back to the Pulaski County area.
After a successful two-year stint as the head football coach at Taylor County High School, the former Northern Middle School coach has been tabbed as the new head coach at Southwestern High School.
Foley was introduced as the team's new head coach in a press conference on Tuesday evening in the school's cafeteria. Players, families, fans, students, teachers, media members, and administrators were all in attendance.
The recently-hired Southwestern coach was really pleased to see the turnout for his introduction to the Warrior Nation.
"It's exciting to see the support, and I appreciate everyone for coming out," began Foley. "I got to meet a lot of the kids and mingle with them, so I am excited about that. I think these guys are hungry, and I'm hungry to come here and help them out. I've got a lot of passion for the game, and I'm looking forward to working with them."
The former Russell County High School and Campbellsville University football standout is glad to be back in the Pulaski County area, which is a place that he called home for ten years prior to his move to Campbellsville to coach at Taylor County.
"I am excited about the opportunity, and I am just thankful to back in my second home," Foley said. "I have lived here and worked here in the system for ten years, and I'm just excited to be back. I am excited about the potential of the program and what it has to offer. I just want to thank the administration for the opportunity to work for the program. I look forward to being here for a long time - it's a place that I want to retire at."
Foley is looking forward to getting his culture, which is based discipline and commitment, established right away. The Warrior coach also wants to see an increase in numbers for the football program.
"I just want to focus on getting the culture created that I have with some discipline and commitment," Foley concluded. "I want to get the work ethic up, and I am looking forward to getting our strength and conditioning program going. We are working on getting our numbers up, get the kids working hard, and have fun playing."
Ms. Danita Ellis, the principal at Southwestern, is happy to welcome Foley as the school's newest football coach.
"Southwestern is excited to be able to hire Jason Foley," praised Ellis. "We know he will get the best out of every player while bringing great amounts of enthusiasm and energy to the program. He's dedicated, committed, and has so much knowledge of the game."
Foley becomes just the fourth head coach in program history since the school opened in the fall of 1993. Foley was succeeded by Dale Anderson, Andy Stephens, and Larry French. French stepped away from the program in mid-December and then took a head coaching job at Middlesboro in early January.
The new Warrior coach inherits a program that went 10-3 under Larry French a year ago. Southwestern also finished as regional runner-up for the fourth time in five seasons.
In two seasons at Taylor County, Foley led the Cardinals to a 19-6 record. After going 7-4 in year one, Foley and the Cardinals went 12-2 and won the program's first regional title since 1999. Taylor County went on a ten-game winning streak over the course of the year.
Before taking the reins of a high school team, Foley coached the Maroons at Northern Middle from 2010-2017. While the coach of the Maroons, he guided the program to four state championships.
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