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Former CHS XC Coach Dave Foley is honored

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015

Contributing Author:  Mr. Mark Vieu, Cadillac News Sports Reporter and CAPS Substitute teacher.

Mr. Dave Foley, outdoor enthusiast, former Cadillac High School Cross Country Coach, teacher and mentor received the prestigious Kermit Ambrose Award, the highest honor a Michigan cross country coach can receive.  Mr. Foley was Cadillac's cross country coach from 1977 to 2003.  The award ceremony took place at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Cross Country Clinic in Mt. Pleasant in the fall.  The lifetime achievement type of award recognizes the recipient's outstanding service to schools, associations, the community and the entire sport of cross country.  Former cross country coaches Michelle Brines and Renee Gussert along with his wife Cyndy were his guests at the ceremony.  

Mr. Foley:  "The words I used in my speech were "humbled and honored".  Foley's record as coach:  171 meets with the boys and 146  with the girls. 

The boys' teams won six conference championships, two regional championships and qualified for the state finals 13 times.  His girls' teams won six conference championships and qualified for the state finals six times.  He was also the editor of Michigan Runner Magazine for 14 years where he wrote a lot about running and the importance of kids starting early and the joys of the sport.  Foley retired in the spring of 2003 but he's still around helping Cadillac Junior High School's cross country program and helping the distance runners in the spring.