Kelvin Goliday wants to bring a fresh start to Garfield’s football program.
Last year, coaches Anthony Allen and Anthony Kelley were forced to resign late in the season after playing ineligible players during a win against Sammamish. The program, which was originally placed on a two-year playoff ban, recently regained its 2011 postseason eligibility.
While he admitted he didn’t know more than what he has read about what transpired last season, Goliday stressed the importance of moving forward.
“I’m just hoping it’s amicable,” Goliday said. “I don’t know anything about what happened. I read a couple of things. I just don’t have an opinion about it. I’m hoping that doesn’t come over into the following year. I didn’t have anything to do with it.”
Goliday, 36, coached at Cleveland High School in 2008 before moving to San Diego. He spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Kearny High School. He found the job posted online and was intrigued by the chance to return to Seattle.
“From what I understand it (Garfield’s athletic department) has a rich tradition and so I’m hoping I can etch my name in stone here in a school that’s already rich in tradition,” Goliday said. “That would be a great honor.”
While he is excited about the opportunity, he said it will take time to build the program.
“Realistically, four or five years,” Goliday said. “It takes a while for kids to get into a new system, a new coach. Basically, what we want to do initially is get everything organized, show the kids what we’re trying to do and, over the years, we improve on that as well as build the program.”