Centreville High football coach Dan Foglio, who was arrested and charged with shoplifting late last month, announced his resignation last night at a team meeting at the school. Foglio said he would continue teaching at the school.
"By resigning, this is not an admission of guilt," Foglio said. "It is an admission that I made a mistake. Hopefully this puts the focus back on the kids, because that is where it belongs in the first place."
Foglio, 47, has been a teacher in Fairfax County for 20 years and has been at Centreville since the school opened in 1988. In five seasons as the Wildcats' football coach, Foglio's teams were 45-13 and won three district titles. Last season's team, the most successful in school history, won the Virginia AAA Northern Region championship and finished 11-2.
Centreville Principal Pamela Y. Latt previously named defensive coordinator Mike Skinner the team's interim coach and had advertised the full-time job.
Skinner, 41, said he will apply to become the team's coach on a permanent basis. He was the coach at Marshall for two seasons, leading the Statesmen to district titles in 1988 and 1989.
On June 22, Foglio was charged with stealing less than $100 worth of clothes from the J.C. Penney department store at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Foglio called the event a misunderstanding, saying that he and his wife each thought the other had paid for the clothing before putting it in a shopping bag.
Foglio was charged with concealing merchandise, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. A hearing is scheduled for July 15 in Fairfax County General District Court.
Paul Regnier, coordinator of community relations for Fairfax County Public Schools, previously said the district has not taken action against Foglio and does not expect to do so until after Foglio's court date. However, if Foglio is convicted, the district will review possible actions against him, Regnier said. Foglio said he does not think he will try to coach at another school.
"I love Centreville and my family has been taught to love Centreville," he said. ". . . If the people at Centreville will let me, I'd like to help out in any way possible. I'm sorry this happened."
Foglio received a warm reception from most of the 175 parents and players at last night's meeting at the school.
When asked if he would consider returning to his old job at some point, he said: "I don't know. I'm really a little burned and the whole thing has been so negative for me and my family."
Latt does not foresee Foglio returning anytime soon, if at all.
"I don't really believe he's going to want to after going through all this," Latt said. "Right now he needs to take care of his family and he has been hurt very badly. He needs some time and I'm going to give him that time."