Dallastown High tasked with trying to replace three highly successful head varsity coaches

STEVE HEISER
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  • Dallastown High School is looking to replace three successful varsity head coaches.
  • Dave Gable (wrestling), Brooke Shoffner (golf) and Andrew Foust (boys' soccer) have all resigned.
  • Each of the three coaches has career winning percentages above 75% and owns multiple championships.
Dave Gable

Dallastown High School has some very big shoes to fill.

The Wildcats are looking to replace three head varsity coaches who have enjoyed tremendous success with the Wildcats.

Dallastown athletic director Joshua Luckenbaugh has confirmed that wrestling coach Dave Gable, boys’ soccer coach Andrew Foust and golf coach Brooke Shoffner have decided to step down. The school has recently posted their job openings.

Each of the three coaches has career winning percentages above 75% and owns multiple championships.

Gable is the longest tenured and likely the most well-known of the three. He first excelled as a wrestler with the Wildcats and later compiled a 339-107-1 coaching record over two different stints and 25 years as the Dallastown head coach. He won 14 league/division titles and two District 3 team championships.

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Gable is retiring at the end of the school year after teaching biology for 33 years at the high school level. Gable’s final team in 2021-2022, finished 18-3 and won the York-Adams Division I championship at 6-0.

“My decision was the result of much discussion and thought,” Gable said. “As I prepare for changes with my retirement from teaching, I believe that my involvement as head wrestling coach may conflict with much-needed flexibility for our family. I hope to have more time to spend with my children and grandchildren. … In order to have the flexibility needed, I wouldn’t be able to give the 365-day commitment of time and energy that I am used to and that the program and its participants need and deserve.”

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Gable hopes to do some traveling in retirement but said he hopes to remain involved with the Dallastown program as time permits and the need arises.

“I will always love coaching,” he said. “It’s such a great extension of the classroom where your chance to make a difference is amplified by the amount of time you get to spend with the student.

“I also plan to facilitate the girls’ wrestling movement and to help to provide more wrestling opportunities for the girls at Dallastown in the future. I have seen what the sport can do for young men and I believe that it can provide the same benefits to young women.”

Gable’s career: The 1982 Dallastown grad won 101 matches as a wrestler for the program. He was a four-time York County sectional champ, finished third in the District 3 tournament as a sophomore and then second as a junior and senior, and earned third- and fourth-place finishes at the state competition. He went on to wrestle at Franklin and Marshall, where he qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships twice.

He is a member of the York Area Sports Hall of Fame and has been involved with Dallastown wrestling, either as an athlete or a coach at some level, since the age of 8, with the exception of his college career.

“I have gained a tremendous appreciation and respect for the school district, the wrestling program, its families and many participants,” he said.

He added that his long stint with the Wildcats has “been filled with a multitude of great memories of the students at Dallastown. It has been a hobby and a passion that has afforded me the ability to meet and spend time with so many great people. I will always cherish the relationships.”

Two special memories for Gable were watching his two sons, Clay and Brooks, reach the state medal platform. Dave, Clay and Brooks each finished their Dallastown careers with more than 100 wins. Clay won a state crown in 2009 before wrestling for the Air Force Academy at the NCAA Division I level. Brooks is currently a freshman wrestler at Air Force.

Brooke Shoffner

Shoffner goes out on top: Shoffner, meanwhile, went 472-116 in 13 years as Dallastown’s golf coach.

During his tenure, the Wildcats won multiple York-Adams Division I championships, but his final team may have been his best, winning the D-I crown with a 36-0 mark.

The 2021 team also claimed the overall York-Adams title in dominant fashion. The Wildcats had four players shoot 71 or lower to win by 23 shots over second-place Susquehannock. They finished with a league-record 280 total. Dallastown went on to capture the District 3 Class 3-A team crown last fall and finished fifth in the state 3-A tournament. That squad featured two freshmen and a sophomore.

Attempts to reach Shoffner were not immediately successful.

Andrew Foust

Foust’s short tenure filled with success: Of the three exiting coaches, Foust had shortest tenure at three years, but he also had a championship pedigree.

Foust finished with a 55-10-2 record as Dallastown’s head coach.

"The simple answer, it was just time and on my terms," Foust said in explaining his decision. "My daughter is about to start kindergarten and she is getting into her own activities, and my son will in the near future. Our team philosophy has always been family first and I do not want to miss out on those moments. I am also currently in a doctoral program, and each class has become increasingly difficult to juggle everything at once. "

His final team finished 20-4-1, including a 12-1-1 mark in York-Adams Division I action, good for a first-place tie with Northeastern. The Wildcats finished as the District 3 Class 3-A runner-up and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals.

Under Foust, Dallastown also won the D-I crown in 2019 at a perfect 12-0. The Wildcats finished that year with an overall mark 23-2. That team won its first 23 games before falling in the district final.

"Making it to the PIAA quarterfinals this year is something we are very proud of, especially through the roller coaster of emotions from the multiple penalty shootouts it took to get there," Foust said. "The undefeated 2019 season of my first year may be the top memory, though. We are also proud of the four state records we set over the past three years, as well as two player-of-the-year athletes in Gabe Wunderlich and Zander Leik."

Foust hopes to get back into coaching at some point when his children get older.

"Being able to coach the boys team was a dream come true since I was a player for the program while I was in high school at Dallastown," Foust said. "I was lucky enough to be able to begin coaching right out of college when I began teaching, and I do not take that for granted. Building the team to its current level has been an amazing experience. We were able to take a new approach to high school soccer, and everyone involved embraced it to reach where the program is now. Dallastown has become a state powerhouse for boys soccer." 

Foust also offered many thanks.

"I am extremely appreciative of being able to be the head Dallastown boys' soccer coach for the last three seasons," he said. "I am also extremely grateful for Mr. Luckenbaugh and the rest of the administration for their support and trust as we built the program to become one of the best in the state. All of it would not have been possible without the amazing group of boys who are part of our program, or the irreplaceable staff that helped me along the way." 

Luckenbaugh, meanwhile, also expressed gratitude to all three men.

“I am grateful for all of these coaches’ time, dedication and efforts that they have not only put into their successful programs, but into our district as a whole. I wish them nothing but the best as they move forward after their coaching careers,” Luckenbaugh said.

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