The Poughkeepsie City School District will reveal today the name of the head football-coaching candidate it is forwarding to the Board of Education for approval, Board of Education President Ralph Coates said Thursday.
While Coates would not confirm the candidate’s name, he said, “The City of Poughkeepsie will be extremely happy with the selection of our new head football coach.”
Coates said the board will hold a special meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. to approve fall coaches, as well as handle other board business.
“This has been a very difficult time for our football program,” Coates said.
Players were not informed of changes, sophomore lineman DaeQuan Gibson said. He said Poughkeepsie graduate Charles Spencer Jr. was still running the team’s offseason workouts. Since July 22, Spencer, JV coach Matt Featherston and NorthStar Sports owner Jerry North, all Poughkeepsie graduates, started running open team workouts. Team practices begin Aug. 19.
Coates was impressed that Poughkeepsie alums stepped up to help, including Spencer, a former NFL player, and Featherston, a former starter at Texas A&M.
“It really speaks about the heart of the people here in the City of Poughkeepsie,” Coates said. “To be able to still be very supportive and come to help us out at this very critical time for our program, we can’t thank them enough for the work they’ve been doing and the work they will continue to do with our football program.”
Poughkeepsie’s previous coach was Ken Barger, who students were told is presently serving a suspension pending an investigation into unauthorized accommodations to some Poughkeepsie students for the New York state Regents exams in January.
Cameron initially recommended longtime Barger assistant Mike Bianco to the board, but Bianco and his proposed staff resigned July 17, the same day they were going to be up for approval by the board. The former staff, which included assistants Edward Coviello, Matt Urciuoli and Brian O’Connell, had run the team’s workouts to that point.