Foor puts in resignation as C-K coach

Dan Foor turned around the Claysburg-Kimmel High School football program.

If the Bulldogs are to continue on that track, though, or to continue to build upon it, it will have to be a job done by someone else.

Foor submitted his resignation as Bulldogs football coach last week following a 7-5 campaign that including a playoff win and a trip to the District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals.

Foor said the move was financially motivated.

“I had a job with the school, but it wasn’t fulltime,” said Foor, who was operating as a priority substitute teacher. “I was offered this (new) job a couple of weeks ago, and I couldn’t pass it up. Because of the schedule, though, it wasn’t going to give me an opportunity to coach. I would have time to do the things I wanted to do with the weightroom, for example.”

Foor declined to mention his new place of employment without talking to his supervisor, but he said he is working with an organization that focuses on teaching job skills and job placement in the region. He said the new job sometimes involved work in Blair County, but it also requires him to make trips to Cambria, Somerset and even Westmoreland counties.

“It was an opportunity to make more money and to have greater job security,” Foor said.

Foor said the school already has informally accepted his resignation but he expects it to be formally announced at the next school board meeting.

This fall’s seven wins were the Bulldogs’ most since 2004. Claysburg defeated Penns Manor in the first round of the D6 playoffs, the program’s first-ever postseason home game and first postseason victory since 1990. The Bulldogs, who were eliminated from the playoffs by top seed Bishop Guilfoyle, were eighth in the Altoona Mirror coverage area in scoring and ninth in scoring defense.

Claysburg actually was 8-4 on the field but had to forfeit one of its games for using an ineligible player. The Bulldogs also beat D6-1A semifinalist Juniata Valley and took District 5 Class 1A champion Northern Bedford to overtime.

Foor posted a 15-18 record in his three years at C-K. He is 88-92 in 17 seasons overall, including 10 years at Northern Bedford.

He leaves the Bulldogs in pretty good shape, too: Foor started six underclassmen on offense and seven on defense, including a number of sophomores.

“I appreciate the school, when I was coming back from Florida, offering me the position,” Foor said. “The school, the superintendent, the principal, everyone was very good to me.”

Attempts to reach Claysburg athletic director Brian Helsel on Tuesday evening were unsuccessful.