Foote named SWOADA/OIAAA AD of the Year

New Richmond High School Athletic Director Doug Foote has worn many hats over the years. Since joining the district roughly 15 years ago, Foote has served on numerous boards and committees and earned a handful of honors at both the local and state level.

He recently added another, earning the SWOADA/OIAAA Athletic Director of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year. That award is given to those who ‘exemplify the highest standards of their profession and who, through their influence on the lives of young people under their direction, have made significant contributions to their school and community,’ per the SWOADA website.

Last year, Foote earned the SWOADA Meritorious Service Award for ‘special contributions, leadership and service to interscholastic athletics in the Southwest District and the recipients league and their community.’

Foote was thankful for the support he received from fellow athletic directors in the southwest district.

“You appreciate the people that nominated you and voted for you,” Foote said. “I’m blessed to be able to serve in a couple different capacities on the boards…It’s an honor.”

An alumni of Lynchburg-Clay High School, Foote graduated from Kentucky Christian College with a bachelor’s of science, Morehead State with a bachelor’s of arts, and Xavier with a master’s degree in physical education.

Foote began his coaching career with his alma mater, leading a previously winless program to an 18-5 record in his second season. 

Four years later, Foote moved to the collegiate level, coaching five seasons at the University of Rio Grande. He spent three seasons as the women’s basketball coach, winning 67 games overall and a league championship in 1992.

Foote then coached 15 years at Marietta College, winning 135 games (fourth-most in program history) and setting 41 school records before joining the district in August of 2008.

In the decade-plus since, Foote has had the opportunity to work with countless coaches, parents and members of the community. 

“Our community is awesome,” Foote said. “Good people. Always willing to help you out when you need it. It’s been a great place to work. I’m blessed that I’m here. Great coaches, good kids, parents that I think the world of. I know why people never leave here. It’s a pretty easy place to stay.”

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