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March 1, 2013

Time expires for OHS football coach

A. Hoover steps down, says family comes first

Adam Hoover’s future does not include the Oneonta High football program, and vice-versa.

Hoover, 32, said Thursday he will not coach the 2013 varsity football season at OHS, which went 24-36 during his seven years as head coach.

“I have a daughter who was born last summer and I’d really like to be able to spend more time with her and my wife,” Valleyview Elementary teacher Hoover said of 7-month-old Ava and his wife, Amanda. “At this stage of my life, really right now with just teaching, the quality time I get to spend with them is weekends. When you’re coaching football, there’s scouting one day, meetings another day ... I just wouldn’t be able to put in the time that’s necessary to put into a program.”

OHS athletic director Joe Hughes confirmed that Hoover, whose program went 2-7 last season, made the call to step down.

“He and I talked about what we expected from a head coach toward his coaching staff, toward his players and what kind of head coach is needed here. It takes a lot of time and energy,” Hughes said. “He came to the conclusion that he can’t give the time and energy that he should.

“Every year, we meet with all the coaches and we talk about the direction of our programs,” Hughes continued. “We talk about trying to improve and trying to get better. He decided he wasn’t the guy anymore and that the program needed new leadership.”

Hoover, who lives in Walton with his family, said he’ll continue to teach fifth- and sixth-graders at Valleyview Elementary in Oneonta. Beyond that, Hoover said, he’s not sure what his future holds.

“I’m happy teaching at Valleyview and I love the kids I work with,” said Hoover, who recently because certified to work in administration. “I kind of wanted to be an athletic director at first, but the more I got into it, the more I can see myself as a principal. I’m happy teaching in Oneonta, but at the same time, I have my ear open.”

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