Dan Ingle was recently named the 7th varsity football head coach in Foothill’s 55-year history. Dan is no stranger to FHS football, as this 2004 grad was an outstanding 3-year starting QB for the Trojans. During his football career, he was twice named the MVP and was selected as Foothill’s outstanding male athlete in 2004. His accolades also include being selected All-League QB, All-Purpose MVP of the SEYL, and he holds several school passing records.
Dan has 6 years of coaching experience at Independence High School, including being the varsity offensive coordinator. He has also coached at the frosh and JV levels which gave him valuable insight into how important these teams and coaching staffs are to the total success of any football program.
Certainly a formidable challenge lies ahead in trying to resurrect a football program that has fallen on hard times in recent years. The FHS varsity team had only 2 wins last season, and has won only 5 games the last 4 seasons. Neither the frosh or JV football teams won a game last season, and had low player numbers. Dan is fully aware of what this rebuilding effort entails, and also realizes the best coaching efforts might not offer a “quick fix”. But, he has embraced this challenge and feels that a sound philosophy, plus good coaching staffs, can restore the FHS legacy of being a competitive football program soon. Fans should be reminded they might need a heavy dose of “patience and understanding” during this transitional period.
From the moment Dan was named head coach, he has hit the ground running to introduce his philosophy and coaching system to the FHS program. He ran a successful spring football camp and has worked hard to assemble quality coaching staffs at all levels. He has organized and spruced up the weight room, ordered new team uniforms, conducted several fundraising events to support the total football program (e.g., tri-tip dinner, car wash, fireworks booth and stadium sign sales), as well organized off-field team bonding experiences.
Dan wants to be accessible, transparent and enlist the support of the FHS Booster Club, Hall of Fame, alumni, faculty and community to be part of his plan to make the football program successful.
Dan has invited former players to speak to the teams in the spirit of cultivating a culture of excellence that is built on pride and passion. Dan has also explored the Hall of Fame memorabilia files to secure old posters, photos, etc., to post in the weight room in hopes it will not only educate new Trojans about FHS football heritage, but to inspire a better effort from them in the weight room and on the football field.
Some fans might wonder why a young first-year head coach would put his reputation and coaching record at stake by starting at a school where total success might take some time. Dan simply stated that he has always been a Trojan and dreamed of the day he could return to coach at FHS and help restore the football legacy.
Dan’s philosophy dictates the desire to execute fundamentals and strive to win, while also having a football program that will provide young men with quality life experiences and fond memories. Players are expected to be physically and mentally prepared, give their best effort on the field and in class, and to be an honest, loyal and dedicated person.
The object is to prepare hard and try and win each game, but also realize that many valuable lessons in life are also learned from tough losses.
A goal is to ensure each player leaves the program with positive, rewarding experiences. Realizing not all will attend college or play football after high school, particular effort will be focused on seniors to ensure they have the needed skills and tools to either attend college or enter the workforce.
As if teaching classes and coaching football would not occupy all of his time, you can now factor in the fact that Dan and his wife Karyn also have a new 4-month old son who will merit love, time and attention as well.
Many former Trojans appreciate Dan’s philosophy, work ethic, dedication, and desire to run a quality football program. The Trojan Nation will be hoping for a successful coaching debut when Foothill faces Kennedy High School in Delano on August 25th. Dan has the full support of the Foothill Athletic Hall of Fame, evidenced by the recent hotdog feed that the HOF Committee coordinated to signal the end of the “dog days” of double-sessions for the players and coaches.
Welcome back home Dan, and we will certainly try to be patient and supportive during your tenure, as you work to change the football fortunes at Foothill. Good luck and Go Trojans!!!!