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Dolgeville FB

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http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x930799291/...
DOLGEVILLE —
Former assistant Dan Zilkowski has been named the new head coach of Dolgeville’s football team, according to Director of Athletics John Huddleston.
Zilkowski was appointed during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. He replaces former athletic director Chris Connolly, who was removed from that position in December.
Huddleston said Brian Wilcox, another longtime assistant, has been named associate head coach of the football team.
Zilkowski and Wilcox have been paid football assistants since 2003, the same year Connolly replaced legendary Dolgeville coach Jerry Walczak. Prior to that, Wilcox had been a volunteer assistant for six years and Zilkowski had been a volunteer assistant for three seasons.
They also worked under Walczak, still the Section III record holder with 271 coaching wins, including a 264-37-12 mark in 34 seasons at Dolgeville.
Overall, the Blue Devils have won a record 15 Section III titles, seven more than any other school, and the 2000 team capped a 13-0 season with a Class D state championship.
“Both (Zilkowski and Wilcox) have been on the staff of the Dolgeville football program for a number of years and have the support and respect of both the players and administration,” Huddleston said.“We look forward to these two fine coaches and teachers leading our football program and its student-athletes to continued success in the future.”
In Connolly’s 10 seasons as Dolgeville’s head coach, the Blue Devils – who finished 5-3 last fall -- had a 71-19 record. During Connolly’s tenure, they won six league titles and a Section III championship in 2008.
Connolly also was Clinton Central School’s head football coach from 1989-94. He was removed as Dolgeville’s Director of Athletics in December, a “personnel issue” that Huddleston declined to discuss.
Connolly could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
“Coaching positions are established annually,” Christine Reynolds, Superintendent of Dolgeville Central School, said in a statement released after Tuesday’s appointments.“In analyzing our football program, its structure, goals, philosophy, and staffing, the district determined it was time to take Dolgeville football in another direction. This direction requires that we change the structure of our coaching staff to a head coach and associate head coach model to take greatest advantage of their personal and professional strengths.”
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http://www.uticaod.com/latestn ews/x930799291/Zilkowski-named -new-head-football-coach-at-Do lgeville
DOLGEVILLE —
Former assistant Dan Zilkowski has been named the new head coach of DolgevilleÂ’s football team, according to Director of Athletics John Huddleston.
Zilkowski was appointed during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. He replaces former athletic director Chris Connolly, who was removed from that position in December.
Huddleston said Brian Wilcox, another longtime assistant, has been named associate head coach of the football team.
Zilkowski and Wilcox have been paid football assistants since 2003, the same year Connolly replaced legendary Dolgeville coach Jerry Walczak. Prior to that, Wilcox had been a volunteer assistant for six years and Zilkowski had been a volunteer assistant for three seasons.
They also worked under Walczak, still the Section III record holder with 271 coaching wins, including a 264-37-12 mark in 34 seasons at Dolgeville.
Overall, the Blue Devils have won a record 15 Section III titles, seven more than any other school, and the 2000 team capped a 13-0 season with a Class D state championship.
“Both (Zilkowski and Wilcox) have been on the staff of the Dolgeville football program for a number of years and have the support and respect of both the players and administration,” Huddleston said.“We look forward to these two fine coaches and teachers leading our football program and its student-athletes to continued success in the future.”
In Connolly’s 10 seasons as Dolgeville’s head coach, the Blue Devils – who finished 5-3 last fall -- had a 71-19 record. During Connolly’s tenure, they won six league titles and a Section III championship in 2008.
Connolly also was Clinton Central School’s head football coach from 1989-94. He was removed as Dolgeville’s Director of Athletics in December, a “personnel issue” that Huddleston declined to discuss.
Connolly could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
“Coaching positions are established annually,” Christine Reynolds, Superintendent of Dolgeville Central School, said in a statement released after Tuesday’s appointments.“In analyzing our football program, its structure, goals, philosophy, and staffing, the district determined it was time to take Dolgeville football in another direction. This direction requires that we change the structure of our coaching staff to a head coach and associate head coach model to take greatest advantage of their personal and professional strengths.”
Lets get back to basics and power football good luck blue
Curious

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It's nice that the community gets to celebrate the appointment of a new head coach. I'm sure a handful of them are pleased. Now for the rest of the parents and tax payers in D-ville that are not obsessed with high school football, when is the Utica OD or Little Falls Times going to investigate and publish a detailed article about why Chris Connolly was removed from his multiple positions at the school? Thats what I care about.
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Curious wrote:
It's nice that the community gets to celebrate the appointment of a new head coach. I'm sure a handful of them are pleased. Now for the rest of the parents and tax payers in D-ville that are not obsessed with high school football, when is the Utica OD or Little Falls Times going to investigate and publish a detailed article about why Chris Connolly was removed from his multiple positions at the school? Thats what I care about.
I have an idea lets forget about this whole situation what's done is done and get ready to support our children become athletes and succeed in life starting on a team level. Who cares about Chris Connolly any more he's gone that's it. What if you know more it'll make you feel closure it didn't affect the children lets move on to the future.
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Feb 13, 2013
 
Ole geezer, you have no idea who this has or has not had an affect on. You're just another extreme Dolgeville football fan that thinks they know what's best for the program and the students. You have no clue, and agreeing with your own post doesn't hold much weight. There are bigger things in life than Dolgeville playing "power football."
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Feb 13, 2013
 
Is he still teaching in the district or not?
ole geezer

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Feb 13, 2013
 
Curious wrote:
Ole geezer, you have no idea who this has or has not had an affect on. You're just another extreme Dolgeville football fan that thinks they know what's best for the program and the students. You have no clue, and agreeing with your own post doesn't hold much weight. There are bigger things in life than Dolgeville playing "power football."
Maybe for you but these kids bleed blue around here it's all about the kids remember that.
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Ole Geezer, I graduated from Dolgeville and played football for both Jerry and Chris. I was one of these "blue bleeders" you speak of. I know what it's like to be completely engulfed in the high-school football scene. However after high-school my blood quickly turned back to red and I realized that there is a lot more to this world than small-town football. You will see that not much is going to change with the appointment of Coach Z. Though I wish him and my alma mater the best of luck, I know that he will soon become the topic of discussion for people like you if there is not instant success.
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ole geezer wrote:
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Maybe for you but these kids bleed blue around here it's all about the kids remember that.
So you encourage these kids to obsess over the highschool football program rather than prepare themselves for life? I think you should get your priorities straight. Yes it is all about the kids and preparing them for life not just the next football season. And anyone (Connolly) who tries to influence or direct these kids down the right path in life is a bad person?

Its pretty sad that if Dolgeville Football had a few more Sectional titles during Connolly's tenure, none of this would be happening.
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<quoted text>So you encourage these kids to obsess over the highschool football program rather than prepare themselves for life? I think you should get your priorities straight. Yes it is all about the kids and preparing them for life not just the next football season. And anyone (Connolly) who tries to influence or direct these kids down the right path in life is a bad person?

Its pretty sad that if Dolgeville Football had a few more Sectional titles during Connolly's tenure, none of this would be happening.
You are being irrational you understand that being in team sports does prepare kids for life. Working after school and college is a team classification people skills class pride all these things some of you seem to lack. Your right football in dolgeville is not life but guess what it gives our kids additional building blocks to move on in life. Character comes to mind never giving up being a class act something kids now a days lack sports instills these values not letting losing become part of life but success. Look at some of the scholar athletes we have state champions this year??? Without your hated dolgeville football one less thing these kids would not get recognized for my rant is done some strive to be excellent others just want juicy gossip I see where you sit now. Rant over.
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Irrational?!?! I'm irrational because I defend a man that worked his ass off to better students and athletes (of all sports) in Dolgeville? In accordance with Reynolds' quote

“In analyzing our football program, its structure, goals, philosophy, and staffing, the district determined it was time to take Dolgeville football in another direction. This direction requires that we change the structure of our coaching staff to a head coach and associate head coach model to take greatest advantage of their personal and professional strengths.”

a 71 - 19 record wasn't good enough. What does this teach the students... Do your best, be way above average and then get fired. You are consumed with some kind of personal satisfaction that comes with the dismissal of Connolly that is sickening. This does not make the program better and does not help the students prepare for life. Nothing good has come from this and nothing will.
Wyman Dooley

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Feb 14, 2013
 
Curious,

What makes you think that is why Connolly is on Administrative leave (AL) and no longer the head coach? Did you call the school and ask for an explanation? Have you talked to coach C? My guess would be No you did neither. You jumped to conclusions like so many others. Do you think someone who is in the teachers union could be put on AL for something as silly as his football record? From the limited information I have gotten Coach C is on administrative leave because of inconsistencies in his AD records. Inconsistencies that could have opened DCS up to a huge law suite if something would have happened to a student. I for one would rather have someone as an AD, coach, and a teacher who is more interested in doing his job and not running an Ice Cream store in Little Falls. Good luck to Coach Z and his staff!
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Feb 14, 2013
 
Exactly> The BOE needs to quit hiding behind "personnel matters" and inform the public what happened. We pay taxes to run the school, correct?
Curious wrote:
It's nice that the community gets to celebrate the appointment of a new head coach. I'm sure a handful of them are pleased. Now for the rest of the parents and tax payers in D-ville that are not obsessed with high school football, when is the Utica OD or Little Falls Times going to investigate and publish a detailed article about why Chris Connolly was removed from his multiple positions at the school? Thats what I care about.
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Feb 14, 2013
 
Dooley, the question should be... Why is it so important for the community and surrounding communities to know about the appointment of a new head football coach, but not know why Connolly has been dismissed from his multiple positions? What else are we to believe if we have not been provided any other information? Does anyone else think it is wierd that Ron Mosher, the sports writer for the Utica Observer Dispatch was at the Dolgeville School Board meeting Tuesday evening? What is being covered up? As far as Connolly's ice cream shop... have you ever heard of having a back-up plan? I know I don't have one if I were to lose my job. Do you?
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Feb 14, 2013
 
always pathetic. the armpit of the valley.
Wyman Dooley

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Feb 14, 2013
 
1. If it was a personnel matter I would not want it spread all over the place like it currently is with misinformation being put out like your first post that stated he was booted for his coaching record.

2. As a taxpayer I would like to know if someone I was paying for was not doing his job or was doing it incorrectly why he was not let go sooner. A total investigation of the facts should come out first so the school district dose not open itself up to a defamation lawsuit. Thus, that is why it should be kept quiet until the investigation is over. I have never heard of NYS moving quickly unless it was to take away our gun right.

3. School Board meetings are open to the public so if Ron Mosher wants to be there he has every right.

4. If I was not doing a good job at my regular job you bet your life I would have a back-up plan. Looks like someone did!
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Feb 14, 2013
 
Wyman Dooley wrote:
1. If it was a personnel matter I would not want it spread all over the place like it currently is with misinformation being put out like your first post that stated he was booted for his coaching record.

2. As a taxpayer I would like to know if someone I was paying for was not doing his job or was doing it incorrectly why he was not let go sooner. A total investigation of the facts should come out first so the school district dose not open itself up to a defamation lawsuit. Thus, that is why it should be kept quiet until the investigation is over. I have never heard of NYS moving quickly unless it was to take away our gun right.

3. School Board meetings are open to the public so if Ron Mosher wants to be there he has every right.

4. If I was not doing a good job at my regular job you bet your life I would have a back-up plan. Looks like someone did!
Well said Dooley
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Feb 14, 2013
 
Armpit? Ilion, er "Mohawk/Ilion" or Dolgeville?
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always pathetic. the armpit of the valley.
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Feb 14, 2013
 
An ice cream shop is a backup plan to a teaching/coaching gig? Supplement, yes. Backup? LOL! Who is your financial advisor?
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curious! do you work at night?

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