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Platteville’s Foley steps down as girls basketball coach to focus on administrative duties with high school

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Just five months ago the Platteville girls basketball team was celebrating. They beat Arcadia 48-45 in the Division 3 state semifinal game. Punching their ticket to the state championship, an opportunity they wouldn't get due to COVID-19.

Platteville celebrates after defeating Arcadia to advance to the Division-3 state title game in 2020.

"Probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do in all of my years of coaching and being a parent is sitting down with those ladies, all 17 of them that their season was over," said Mike Foley, the head girls basketball coach last season at Platteville.

"They wouldn't have a chance to play in the championship game."

Foley has coached for nearly two decades. He spent 14 years at Fall River and the last two at Platteville.

Foley also serves as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Platteville. He has decided to step down at the varsity girls basketball coach to focus on the administration side of this school year navigating with the pandemic.

"I feel with all of this Covid-19 stuff, we are going to have a new principal here at the high school, it just wouldn't be fair to the girls basketball team that I would take time away from them in order to full fill my duties as an administrator," said Foley.

Foley coached Platteville to a 26-0 record last season and was one of the top teams in the state. He still plans on being around the program this season as a volunteer coach.

"I know what it may look like to people that I'm hanging it up after a great year," said Foley.

Maybe a lot of our talent is gone, but that's not the case. I'm still going to be involved with the girls basketball team."

Platteville High School is scheduled to start the 2020-21 school year on September 1.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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