The Killeen Independent School District’s search for the next head football coach and athletic coordinator at Shoemaker is over.
On Wednesday afternoon, KISD announced the hiring of Toby Foreman to fill the position left vacant after Johnnie Fair resigned in December.
Foreman spent the previous four years as head football coach and athletic coordinator at Class 5A Beaumont Central, where he led the Jaguars to a 21-7 district record, four playoff appearances and a league title in 2014.
Foreman also had stops as an assistant at La Marque; Texarkana, Texas; West Orange-Stark; and Baytown Lee.
“He’s been able to win in difficult and challenging circumstances in Beaumont,” said Randall Hugg, the executive director of athletics at KISD. “He’s also had a strong track program, and football programs and track programs go hand in hand. He won three state championships at West Orange-Stark in track and field.
“Toby also comes from a coaching family. His father, Mark Foreman, is well respected throughout the state of Texas.”
Foreman is eager to coach at Shoemaker.
“It seems like a really good opportunity,” Foreman said. “I know the football program was down this year (0-10), but they’re not that far removed from a nine-win season, which I believe is the best in the history at the school. Even though I do have my work cut out for me, I do believe the talent is definitely there.
“And everyone I’ve talked to has said the kids are excited and hungry to win again. That’s something I expect to bring back to Shoemaker High School.”
Foreman believes the Grey Wolves football program has plenty of athletic talent.
“I used to work for Dan Hooks at West Orange-Stark,” Foreman said. “He always used to say, ‘Speed kills.’ I have dealt with a lot of speed and know how to coach speed — get them the ball and get out of the way.
“We’ll do a good job of coaching every position up, and we will utilize our speed to the best of our ability.”
The respect Foreman’s opposition had for him was appealing to Hugg. Foreman’s experience as a head coach was a plus.
“He’s a proven winner, and we’re excited to have him,” Hugg said. “We think he is a good fit for Shoemaker High School. It helped that he did have that experience in his background.
“He has a lot of energy and fire, and he will definitely hit the ground running.”
Foreman’s strong track and field background is also a positive. The coach plans to increase the number of kids at Shoemaker who go out and compete, not just in track and field, but all sports.
“Everywhere I’ve been, we’ve had some pretty good track teams,” Foreman said. “To me, it seems like the coaches there at Shoemaker have done a really good job with the track program. If nothing else, I’ll just kind of let them do their thing.
“The biggest thing I want to do with track is get the numbers up. If I get one kid to go out or 100 to go out, I want to get the numbers up. One of the reasons I was able to win those titles at West Orange-Stark was because I was able to increase the numbers.
“But I also want to get as many kids involved in every sport, because that is what makes your overall program successful. That’s one thing I am definitely an advocate of: participation.”
Foreman is expected to begin his new role at Shoemaker later this month.