Louis C. Foy* 2015


Salamanca City Schools / Section VI 

On July 24th, 1981 Louis “Lou” C. Foy passed away at the early age of 57.  Despite his early passing, Lou was able to accomplish a great deal as a coach and foy athletic administrator in his lifetime. 

From 1949 to 1955, Lou coached football at Bolivar Central School.  During that time, he went 38 straight games (35-0-3) without a loss, holding the Class B state record for 35 years. 

His career then led him to Salamanca High School where he was a longtime athletic director, 1955 to 1981, and coach.  From 1958 to 1975, he coached track and garnered 11 Cattaraugus County titles, 8 CCIAC championships, and 9 Section VI championships.  He went ten straight years, 1960 to 1970, without a dual or tri-meet loss (Class B).  Nine times he was named CCIAC Track Coach of the Year and eleven times named Cattaraugus County Coach of the Year. 

In honor of his legacy, Salamanca holds the Super 8 Meet each year.  This event, allows for the top runners, jumpers, vaulters and sprinters in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties to compete against worthy counterparts in an all-star type event.  Additional tributes include the dedication of the Foy-Nugent Memorial Track at Salamanca High School and the Louis Foy Award, given to Salamanca High School’s top male athlete before graduation. 

Aside from football and track, Lou also coached golf for 4 years and wrestling for 3 years at Salamanca High School.  As golf coach, he acquired 4 Cattaraugus County championships and 3 Section VI championships.

In the intervening years, Lou served two terms as Section VI President and six years as    Section VI Treasurer.   Lou was also one of the architects of the Section VI Football Federation and served as its chairman from 1977 until his passing in 1981.


* Posthumously awarded