I will talk to him either later tonight or tomorrow and pass along further details. It’s another loss of a veteran Section 1 football coach who had a great deal of success during his tenure.
UPDATED, 6/23, 11:24 p.m. — I reached Broggy by phone and will have a story in Saturday’s paper. He said he resigned because football had become a major commitment that took valuable time away from being a teacher and a father.
It really hit him recently when his oldest of two daughters (age 14 and 12) said, “Can you believe I’m going to high school?” Broggy saw time moving so fast and thought he should spend more time enjoying life with his daughters. One day, he said, “The next thing out of her mouth will be, ‘Can you believe I’m going to college?'”
Broggy will remain as the school’s girls lacrosse coach, a task that requires far less time and commitment than football, he said.
Broggy had spent the last 12 seasons as the football coach for the Foxes. They never won a sectional title, but finished as the Class A runner-up to Ossining in 2007. He also coached 12 seasons at Dover before coming to Fox Lane. Broggy led the Dragons to two Section 1 titles at the time, including a run to the 1997 Class C state championship. That was the highlight of a varsity head coaching career that began in 1987 at 24, but only after three seasons as the JV coach at Kennedy.
Broggy said the decision was incredibly difficult, but he thought it was the right one at the right time.
“I just realized my family and teaching are important to me, and football was starting to impact those things,” Broggy said. “Any coach knows quality family time just isn’t there in the fall.”
Fox Lane AD Beth Staropoli said the school is in the process of finding Broggy’s replacement. It sounds like the administration is relatively close to a decision.