The Skaneateles Central School District announced in June that they had picked a new varsity football coach: Mike Olley, a former assistant coach with the team.
The announcement came about a month after Joe Sindoni, the previous coach, informed the district that he had taken a job as the head coach for the varsity team at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Olley said that his main goals as coach will be to continue the success of recent years when the program was under the guidance of coaches Tim Green and Sindoni.
“What I remember from when I was in Skaneateles before was that coaches Green and Sindoni had built a good football program where football is important,” Olley said. “I hope to come in and keep the standard where it is now.”
Following an undefeated 2011 campaign that was ended early due to recruiting allegations, in 2012 the Lakers won the section III class C title for the first time in 20 years.
Olley said he also wants to bring an upbeat and fun style to the team.
“I believe that if you can make the style of play aggressive, fast and fun, it makes it fun for the kids,” he said.
Olley said that he has talked to Sindoni in the past about coming back to Skaneateles to be the head coach and when Sindoni left for C-NS he saw his opportunity.
Skaneateles Athletic Director Stacey Tice said that the position was posted internally and in the Syracuse Post-Standard though many of the applicants came recommended from other sources.
“Several members of the football community reached out to potential candidates and asked them to apply for the position. We ended up with a strong pool of candidates and are very pleased with our final selection,” Tice said in an email.
Olley is currently a 10th and 11th grade math teacher at Liverpool High School. His most recent coaching experience was as the head coach for the Liverpool varsity girls basketball team, though he said he resigned from that position at the end of last season because the winter season schedule kept him from spending time with his three kids.