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Andrew Policky leaves Hoover football post for Arcadia

Football: After two seasons with Tornadoes, Policky returns to alma mater to take coaching job there.

May 02, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Hoover Coach Andrew Policky speaks at the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club meeting at the Elk Lodge in Glendale on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
Hoover Coach Andrew Policky speaks at the Glendale YMCA… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

After two seasons at the helm of Hoover High football and following one of the more successful seasons for the Tornadoes in some time, Andrew Policky has stepped down from his post as Hoover’s head football coach to return to his alma mater, taking over as the new Arcadia head football coach.

Policky, an Arcadia graduate, announced his departure to his team on Thursday after accepting his new position on Wednesday.

“When I was at Hoover, it wasn’t something I thought a lot about,” said Policky of returning to Arcadia, where he played football and graduated in 1999 and later returned as an assistant coach. “I was just focused on Hoover and building up the program. When the position opened up ... the situation just fit and I decided to try to go back home.

“It’s definitely a good situation.”

Policky was called back for a second interview on Wednesday, after first interviewing the week prior. On Wednesday after the interview, he informed Hoover Principal Jennifer Earl he had accepted the job and on Thursday told his Tornadoes.

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“It was tough,” said Policky, who guided the Tornadoes to a 3-7 season last year. “You build relationships wherever you go. I’ve built good relationships with the kids.

“I love all of them and I hope the program can continue to move forward.”

Policky’s departure was a surprising development for the school he had coached at for the past five seasons — the first three as an assistant.

“I was surprised,” said Hoover athletic director Jack Van Patten, who added that he was upset to lose Policky, but to a further degree when considering the kids. “Coaches are all adults. I’m disappointed for the kids.

“We’ll be OK, we’ll find another coach.”

Hoover defensive lineman Arada Gholian said the team was sad to see their coach leave, but ultimately understood his choice.

“We were all disappointed, but we understood the situation,” Gholian said. “He kinda described it as returning home.”

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