Prep Football: Foshee accepts challenge at Curry

Coach spent 16 years at Stanhope Elmore

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 6/7/19

CURRY — Jeff Foshee is used to winning on the football field.

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Prep Football: Foshee accepts challenge at Curry

Coach spent 16 years at Stanhope Elmore

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CURRY — Jeff Foshee is used to winning on the football field.

Foshee was an All-State player at Stanhope Elmore High School and was part of Alabama’s 1992 championship football team. As a coach, he led his alma mater to the playoffs 12 times in 16 years, winning more than 100 games.

He brings that impressive resume to Curry as the Yellow Jackets’ new head football coach. The move was made official earlier this month.

Foshee went to high school with the wife of Curry High School Principal Eric Woodley, Hollie, at Stanhope Elmore. Foshee was hired by Woodley as an assistant under head coach Philip Smith last season.

“I had been out of coaching a couple of years,” Foshee said. “I had applied for the job and they got in touch with me. I came up and I liked it here. As far as the kids and who I work for, I don’t think I could ask for anything better. Coach Woodley has been good to me. I’m always up for a challenge and this is certainly going to be a challenge.”

Curry finished the 2018 season at 5-6 and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Yellow Jackets started 5-2 before losing their last four games.

The school has been through six coaches since its last winning season in 1996. That season also marks the last time the Yellow Jackets won a playoff game.

“If the kids work hard, they will give us a chance. That’s all you can ask for. Hopefully, we can start building this thing like we want to and get it going. There is some excitement right now. There always is when there is something new. We want to win some football games. The fun is in the winning,” Foshee said.

At Stanhope Elmore, a Class 6A school located in Millbrook, 10 miles north of Montgomery, Foshee followed in his father’s footsteps. Jimmy Foshee coached the Mustangs for 25 years. Foshee-Henderson Stadium is named in his honor.

After playing for his father, Foshee went to Tuscaloosa as a walk-on.

He earned a scholarship with the Tide in 1991, a year before coach Gene Stallings led the team to the national title.

He was a graduate assistant at Alabama after his playing days before returning to Stanhope Elmore to coach alongside his father. He succeeded his father in 2000 and was the head coach 16 years.

Foshee resigned from his post in 2016, following allegations that he had paid a teacher to change grades for a student-athlete.

“I resigned three years ago. I was accused of paying a teacher to change grades, which never happened. The big reason I resigned is I was ready to leave,” he said, noting the pressure and expectations in coaching in his hometown.

A familiar face came to Foshee’s aid when the coach was looking for a job. Stallings made a call to Curry’s Woodley vouching for his former player.

“When all that happened to me, it was pretty hurtful. To see people turn their back on you,” Foshee said. “Coach (Stallings) didn’t. He didn’t bat an eye.”

Thanks in part to Stallings, Foshee was on the sideline last year as Curry’s defensive coordinator.

“I hadn’t been an assistant in 16 of 17 years,” Foshee said. “It was fine. It was relaxing and it was fun. Head coaching is fun, too, but you put a lot more on yourself when you are the head coach. I think this is a great opportunity.”

As for his coaching philosophy, Foshee likes to keep the ball on the ground.

“I’m a little old school,” Foshee said. “Offensively, I’m more of a down-hill guy. Defensively, we’re going to line up and be sound. We also have to be solid in the kicking game. If we can do all those things, then we can win some football games.

“I’m not a big spread guy, but I tend to do whatever is best with what we have. If we need to be in the shotgun to help us win, then that’s what we’re going to do. To hang my hat on something, we have to roll our sleeves up and play a physical brand of football. That’s what I believe in, and I tried to instill some of that in the spring. I just think that’s our best chance of winning.”

Curry will open the 2019 season with road games at Addison and Oakman. The Yellow Jackets, who played six home games last season, will have just four home games this season.