Myers said in an e-mail that Foley "has decided to step down as the Academy football coach for personal reasons, and we fully support his decision." She did not elaborate.
Last fall, Foley, who starred as a quarterback at Cherry Hill East and Boston College, directed Valley Forge to an 8-0 record. The Cadets outscored opponents, 293-133, en route to the program's sixth undefeated season.
"Coaching is a difficult job," Foley said. "I busted my butt from January to the end of the season. A lot of the success had to do with the recruiting I did. And I had great assistants."
A Football University instructor, Foley, 40, is working this weekend at a camp at Cypress Bay High in Weston, Fla. "This is getting bigger and bigger," he said. "We're growing as an organization. I'm traveling a lot."
Foley spent five years with the New York Jets and one season with the Seattle Seahawks. In 21 career games, he threw for 2,469 yards and 12 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.
At Valley Forge, Foley coached a squad of about 30, including 12 to 15 postgraduates, students who have already earned diplomas.
"There's nothing negative I can say about Valley Forge Military Academy," he said. "That place has been gold from the beginning."
He added, "I wasn't this athletic department's hire. But we had a fine working relationship. I have nothing negative to say about anyone over there. That school is about giving kids a second chance. That's a great thing."
Rasheen Tookes, a Jules Mastbaum Tech product who rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season, earned a scholarship to Bloomsburg; QB Tyler Hrycak committed to Western Michigan; and outside linebacker Michael Stojkovic, a converted QB, signed with North Texas.
Penn Charter senior John Loughery, who passed for 1,715 yards and 15 TDs in 10 games last season, had planned to play for Foley and the Cadets.
"I'm rethinking things now," the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder said. "I'm looking at a few other schools. Within the next two weeks, I should know which postgraduate school I'll be attending."
In addition to Valley Forge, Loughery, of Exton, said possible destinations are Cheshire Academy (Ct.) and Wyoming Valley Seminary, in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Foley, of Collingswood, also directed Valley Forge's eight-week summer camp. He has four children, including three boys. His youngest child, Samantha Rose Anna, is 21/2.
"I apologize to the kids who were coming to the school," he said. "It's a decision I hope people can respect. I had to do what's best for me and my family. My family comes first. My football family is a close second."
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