Our 2020 Foley Lions Football Media Guide is now available on your phone and computer! To learn all about this year's football teams, cheerleaders, band, coaches, sports medicine staff, sponsors, and more, click the link below! Go Lions!
2020 Foley Media Guide
Foley fans -for the safety of our athletes, coaches, and fans, the following guidelines have been established for all sporting events to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Foley High School will be following the guidelines recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health and supported by the AHSAA. This includes social distancing, reduced seating at games, and the wearing of a facial covering by all spectators that covers both the mouth and nostrils.
In addition, all ticket purchases will be touchless through GoFan.co. NO tickets will be sold at sporting event venues. All games will also be available through live stream on NFHS. Subscriptions to NFHS are $10.99 monthly or $69.99 for 12 months. Both prices give access to all Foley events that are live streamed through NFHS. To purchase a subscription, please go to: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail.
Due to the limited capacity at games football tickets will be made available to fans during the following times:
Mondays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm - Football Parents
Mondays, 2:15 pm-8:15 pm - Cheer Parents, Band Parents, & Season Ticket Holders
Tuesdays, 8:00 am - Open to the public
If you are in one of the first two groups, you will receive access to the ticketing page via a specific code provided to you by the Foley Athletics Department. In order to ensure that you receive this code via email on the Sunday evening prior to game week, you must fill out the email form on our home page.
Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this difficult time and work to keep our community safe and athletics moving forward. Go Lions!
Welcome to new Boys Head Basketball Coach Jared Gilliland! Read below for an article written by Tyson Reed (Foley, AL).
Mr. Jared Gilliland has been named the Head Coach of Foley High School’s Men’s Varsity Basketball Team. Gilliland, who will be teaching science at the school, has a stellar coaching record in multiple sports and has received countless accolades for his work leading teams in competition.
“My personal goal is to continue to be a transformational coach day in and day out,” said Gilliland. “I want to build a program that is known for elite-level, competitive play and I want the young men that come through this program to be known for their strong character and impeccable leadership on and off the court. I want to help build a tradition of excellence in this program that will make the school and community proud.”
Gilliland, the 2013 Baldwin County Coach of the Year, has spent his career teaching and coaching at nearby Daphne High School. “I am so excited for Coach Gilliland,” said Daphne’s Coach Yelding. “He has been a loyal assistant for over the years, and I tasked him with a lot of responsibilities; he is ready for this opportunity to design his own program and I’d like to thank Foley for giving this fine young man the chance to do just that.”
While at Daphne, Gilliland also served as the Head Coach for the Freshmen and JV Men’s Basketball teams as well as Head Coach for the Daphne J.V. Softball Team. During his tenure, the Trojans excelled with both sports winning multiple area championships and making appearances at AHSAA Area and Regional Tournaments.
Russ Moore, Foley High’s principal said, “We are very pleased to bring Coach Gilliland on board to work with our young people. He is an outstanding teacher and coach, and his enthusiasm and determination to achieve excellence will be contagious both in the classroom and on the court.”
Photo from Twitter (@CoachJG22)
Welcome to Foley Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Coach Deric Scott! See below for an article about his return to Foley from AL.com: (Original article can be found here).
The Foley football team has called upon a familiar name to try to recapture the Lions’ winning tradition.
Deric Scott, who led Vigor to the 2018 Class 5A state championship game, was approved Thursday afternoon by the Baldwin County Board of Education as the new Foley High football coach and athletic director.
The hire was originally reported earlier this month, though it was pending Board approval at the time. Scott was an assistant at Foley under Todd Watson before leaving for Vigor.
“It’s a great opportunity to build upon the tradition that a lot of great coaches have started and built,” Scott told AL.com. “I’ve obviously got some history in the community. We had a good run when I was there before, and we want to get back into that lane and try to repeat some of that success.”
Foley went 82-32 in Scott’s eight years there – the last six of which he spent as Watson’s defensive coordinator. However, the Lions slipped to 17-34 in the five years since Scott left. Foley’s last playoff appearance came in 2015.
“I’m ready to get to work, and there is a lot of work to do,” Scott said. “They’ve kind of fallen on tough times recently. It will take time to turn it around, and it will be a process.
“I think obviously one key will be building relationships in the hallways with the students and staff and also building those community relationships and partnerships and getting those folks more involved. We will work to get the right people in the right places to have success again.”
Foley principal Russ Moore said all the candidates he interviewed were qualified for the position, but he felt Scott was the best choice. He replaces Tad Niblett, who left to rejoin his brother Josh at Hoover.
“Deric worked with us before, and we knew he was an outstanding human being and an outstanding coach,” Moore said. “We’ve been pleased for him over the years with the success he’s had at Vigor. It was obvious to me he was the best fit for what we need right now. I’m really excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing him do great things for our kids.”
Scott went 41-21 in his five seasons at Vigor. The Wolves reached the playoffs each season. They went 13-2 in 2018, losing 43-42 to Central-Clay County. Vigor was 4-7 last year after returning just one defensive starter from its state runner-up team.
“I can’t say enough good things about Vigor and the situation I am leaving,” he said. “This was the toughest decision I’ve had to make in my coaching career because the administration at Vigor was great to me, and they are going to be really good in the next few years. I mean really good. However, with this situation, the relationships I already had at Foley and the opportunity to compete at a higher level were just too much to turn down.”
Scott’s challenge now is not just turning Foley into a playoff contender in Class 7A, Region 1 again but starting that process during a pandemic.
“It’s the most challenging situation I’ve ever been a part of, the most unprecedented situation any of us have ever seen,” he said. “I can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe it. I want to introduce myself to the kids as quick as I can and get an understanding of what has transpired in the community since I left. Then we will develop a plan moving forward.”