Tug Valley athletic director Clyde Farley has had a full plate since the pandemic started. As student-athletes in the Mountain State have witnessed their seasons cancelled or in limbo due to Covid-19, they’re anxiously waiting for sports to return. Tug Valley’s boys basketball team missed out on the state tournament this year, and with spring sports cancelled, many are wondering when they can get back to normal.
“With spring sports it was hard because there was a lot of excitement going around about getting to play on our new baseball field and it was sad we missed that,” Farley said.
However, Farley has been in nonstop contact with officials from the WVSSAC for the latest on how fall sports will unfold. There are a lot of unknowns with the virus, so things are still in the process of playing out.
“I’ve been in Zoom meetings all summer with Bernie Nolan, who, is head of WVSSAC so I can stay up to date on everything,” Farley said.
The AD spoke of how important it is to get things back to normal and how it was a necessity for the kids health.
“The kids need sports for sure. And that’s the thing, it’s not about us, it’s about them. Plus, sports bring our community together and helps put some order back in things,” said Farley.
Tug Valley’s football team made the playoffs last season before losing to Williamstown, and they are expected to have another big year, that is, if the season remains unchanged.
“As of right now, the first week has been wiped out, but we can leave it as an open date. The WVSSAC has also waived the number of games you must play,” Farley said.
Teams will have a smaller window to get into football shape as far as conditioning, but Farley expects them to be ready by the August 17th start date.
Not only is his title athletic director, but he has another hat he wears as Tug Valley’s girls basketball coach. He will return five starters this season, coming off an 18-win record a year ago.
“Kids have questions. They ask about our season, will they have a graduation or prom, and there’s just a lot of unknowns,” Farley said.
He hopes football will remain like its scheduled, as it will be a wait and see game on the rest. With West Virginia going to four classes now the coach expects another successful year for his Lady Panthers.
With us having four classes now, I think it makes it a level playing field. We’ll have three seniors this season, so we’re excited about getting started. I just hope things are cleared up by then,” Farley said.
West Virginia is in the midst of a three week period where they can spend three hours per day per child.
“We will try and do something next week in basketball,” Farley said. “I didn’t think this three week period would make or break us with everything going on.”
We will update this story of any changes to the current schedules for fall sports.