Dover-Foxcroft – Foxcroft Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of John Cornett as its new boys’ varsity soccer head coach. Cornett takes over for longtime coach Luis Ayala, who stepped down earlier this spring due to family reasons.
“It was always a dream of mine since I left Maine to have the chance to come back to a place that is very special to me,” said John Cornett. “The opportunity to move back to Dover-Foxcroft came last year with my teaching position, and I am just as excited to be able to take over as boys’ soccer coach this fall, and with the opportunity to coach my sons, I couldn’t be happier.”
Cornett, currently a math teacher at Foxcroft Academy, has an extensive background in coaching. For the last twenty years, he has been a teacher and coach at various high schools in Florida and Georgia, coaching football, soccer, basketball, and track and field. He was a standout high school athlete playing football and basketball at Foxcroft Academy from 1988-90 and finishing his high school career at John Bapst, graduating in 1992.
His last name is synonymous with FA sports as his father, Don Cornett, was the varsity football coach at FA from 1985-1989, winning the LTC championship in his final year as coach.
“We are very happy to have a person in the building like John with the credentials and background to take over our boys’ soccer program and keep it moving in the right direction,” said Tim Smith, Foxcroft Academy Associate Head of School. “John brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the position and he will continue to bring out the best in our student-athletes every time they step on the field.”
The FA boys’ team is coming off a successful run during the 2019-20 school year, finishing 7-7 in the regular season, before winning two memorable playoff games, bowing out in the Class B semifinals, their best finish in several years.
Coach Cornett and his wife, Kelly, live in Dover-Foxcroft with their four school-aged children. His oldest son is currently in the Air Force and his oldest daughter is in college, playing college soccer.
“I don’t know what our overall record will be, but I know we will play with a strong level of selflessness and the kids will get my best effort every day,” said Cornett. “Success comes through hard work, and if we work hard, success and victories will come. I can’t wait to get to work with these kids.”