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March 1, 2013

Time expires for OHS football coach

A. Hoover steps down, says family comes first

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Hoover also said he may return to the Walton football program at some point to assist his father, Jim, as he did before taking over for John Nealis at OHS. Nealis was relieved from his football coaching duties in January of 2006 but kept his position as the Jackets wrestling coach.

Jim Hoover said he’d welcome his son back.

“I’ll take anybody who’s willing to help out,” said Jim Hoover, who will enter his 38th season at Walton this fall with a Section Four record of 293 victories. “To have him back with me, that would be an honor.

“Adam gives 100 percent to whatever he does - teaching, coaching, whatever,” Jim Hoover continued. “I’ll support Adam in whatever he does. He’s a great young man and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

The son of the late Dick Hoover, who won 165 games in a 27-year coaching career, Jim Hoover said Thursday that he may be stepping down in the not-so-distant future, too.

“I think about (retiring) every year,” said Jim Hoover, whose Warriors went 4-5 last season. “At times this (past) year, I thought this was definitely going to be my last year. ... As of right now, I’m still in for another year.”

The possibility of Adam Hoover replacing his father at Walton has not been discussed, Jim Hoover said.

“It’s not really in the back of my mind,” Adam Hoover said. “I don’t see that in my future, but you never say never.”

Hughes said OHS will attempt to fill the head coach vacancy internally but may have to open a public search. He added the position pays roughly $5,000-6,000 annually.

“There are some good, quality football coaches and people in Oneonta,” said Hughes, whose football staff includes junior varsity coach Dennis Carr and former Unatego head coach John Mushtare, who is a varsity assistant at OHS. “Today was the first time anybody found out (about Hoover’s departure). There might be more than one guy who feels he could do a good job as head coach. It’s a little premature to think who it might be.”

Hughes said the next coach will have numbers in his favor this fall.

“Last year we had a small returning class, so it was sort of like a perfect storm, so to speak,” Hughes said. “We had low numbers, but I think that day is over. I think our numbers will be fine next year at all three levels (modified, JV and varsity). We should be back to normal numbers.”

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