By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



BETHEL — After four years as Cayuga’s head football coach and athletic director and 31 years as a high school coach, Glenn Goen has decided to hang up the whistle.

Monday night, at the Cayuga Independent School District board meeting, Goen informed the board he was going to retire at the end of the school year.

“Over the past 30 years, coach Goen has invested a substantial and valuable portion of his life’s work in student athletes at eight different schools,” CISD superintendent Dr. Rick Webb said. “ I am sure his former students and colleagues at those schools join us in congratulating coach Goen on his retirement and offering thanks for his influence on our lives.”

Cayuga now will look for its third head football coach in the last six years.

“We now begin the challenging process of searching for someone to accept the significant responsibilities tied to our school’s opening for an athletic director and head football coach,” Webb said. “Currently, the district is accepting applications for the position with plans to begin the interview process in late April and fill the job in May.”

Goen took over the Cayuga football program in February 2003 after the team had gone 1-19 the previous two years.

In his first year with Goen at the helm, in Class 2A, the Wildcats went winless, losing all five games.

However, when the Cayuga dropped to Class A, Goen started to turn the program around. Cayuga went 5-5 in 2004, 3-7 in 2005 and this season, the Wildcats were 5-6 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1994.

In his four years at Cayuga, Goen compiled a 13-28 record. In his career as a head coach, Goen had a record of 112-81-3.

Along with his four years as head coach at Cayuga, Goen was head coach and athletic director for both Elkhart High School and Hooks High School.

Goen’s other coaching tenures included a year as the defensive backs coach for Westwood High School in 2002 along with positions at Shepherd, Cold Spring, Northwest Academy and North Shore high schools.

Goen did not return phone messages left by the Herald-Press as of Tuesday evening.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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