Citing family reasons, Amy Fogle has stepped down as coach of the Bears.
Fogle said running a high school program takes her away from being with her two kids.
“It takes so much time, and I want to be able to coach my kids and make sure that I am home with my family,” Fogle said.
After three years away from high school coaching, Fogle returned to the sideline this season to guide the girls to an undefeated 27-0 season. The Bears captured the program’s first state title since 1982 with a 65-41 win over Colony in March.
“It was a great season, with great kids,” Fogle said. “I feel fortunate that I was able to step in and coach them … I was very lucky to be able to do that.”
This was not Fogle’s first undefeated season with Kodiak. In 2001, she coached the boys to a perfect 28-0 season. Nick Billings was a star on that team and was an assistant coach on this year’s girls squad.
This year’s team, which won the Northern Lights Conference for the first time since 1985, featured eight seniors — five of them were starters.
“This particular team was very special, very motivated driven and determined to do what they did,” Fogle said. “Coaching that class of kids was just exceptional.”
Fogle was named both the Northern Lights Conference and 4A state coach of the year. She also won the state and regional round of the USA Today High School Sports’ America’s Best contest for the top high school girls coach in the nation.
Fogle has coached Kodiak basketball for 12 1/2 seasons — four and a half with the girls. She has a 46-57 record with the girls and a 120-70 mark with boys during two stints covering eight seasons.
Kodiak will enter next season with a 29-game winning streak, but with only two holdovers from last season in Dannika Catt and Charmaine Fabricante. Despite losing eight seniors, Fogle believes the team will be competitive.
“They will be rebuilding for sure, but the sophomores and juniors had a really great season at the junior varsity level — they could have a good year for sure,” Fogle said.
Fogle didn’t rule out a return to the hardwood, but right now is going to focus coaching her kids in baseball, soccer and basketball.
“There are always kids to coach, but I only get my kids once. I want to keep that in mind,” Fogle said.
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