Adam Hoover has been named the Walton Central School District football coach for the 2017 season.
Hoover was approved by the Walton CSD Board of Education Thursday night during the BOE's monthly meeting.
Hoover is the son of longtime Walton coach Jim Hoover, who announced his retirement after 41 seasons at the end of the 2016 season.
“From the beginning of this process, it was my hope that Adam Hoover would be interested,” said Andy Gates, Walton’s athletic director. “We had to let the process play out. I thought he was best suited to lead the program.”
Coach recommendations don’t usually happen until later in the year for fall sports, but because of the unique situation with football and prepping for workouts and planning for the upcoming season, Gates said the school searched earlier.
This won’t be Adam Hoover’s first stint as a head coach as he led the Oneonta Yellowjackets for seven seasons, going 25-36. He led his team to the Section Four Class B semifinals in 2009, and earned a share of a division championship in 2011.
Hoover said one of the reasons he originally stopped coaching was for family reasons. Though he’s assisted Walton since returning to the district, being a head coach is pretty much a seven-day commitment from August until November. He said he thought long and hard before applying.
Having an experienced coaching staff to help also made the decision easier, he said.
“What’s important to me are the kids we’ve worked with,” Hoover said. “And making sure we do what’s best with them. It’s so much more than just playing the game.”
Part of it, too, Hoover said, is he couldn’t see anybody else taking the spot. Hoover played for his father at Walton, and then coached under him. Jim Hoover is the all-time winningest coach in Section Four history.
“I couldn’t see somebody else doing it,” Adam Hoover said. “There are plenty who can do it, but I couldn’t picture somebody else doing it.”
Hoover said he also spoke with his father about the decision. Hoover also noted that Jim Hoover would be around to help some. When Adam Hoover’s grandfather – Dick Hoover – retired at Vestal, he came to Walton to assist Jim Hoover.
“I loved coaching with (my father),” Adam Hoover said. “I played for both of them and then I coached with (my father).
“He’ll be around as much as he wants to be,” Adam Hoover said. “It’s kind of like how my grandfather did it with him.”