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New Football Coach for GHS
District 205 officials announced early Monday afternoon that Tim Dougherty will be taking the reigns of the Silver Streaks football program. GHS athletic director Ralph Henning said Dougherty was one of 36 candidates who applied for the position, that opened up when previous head coach Wes Olsen assumed his full-time administrative post as principal at the district's alternative school.

Director of human resources Diane VanHootegem tells WGIL that a committee of 6 began seeking applicants as soon as the 2010 season ended.

The selection committee consisted of VanHootegem and Hennings, along with GHS Principal Tom Chiles, former GHS coach Kelly Kane, and former Silver Streaks players Mark Reed and and Lorenzo Pugh. Several current assistant coaches reportedly were among those who applied for the opening.

New coach Tim Dougherty comes to GHS from Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois where he currently teaches Social Studies and led the football team to back-to-back playoff appearences in 2008 and 2009. Dougherty built a solid reputation and record prior to that at Edwardsville High School, where his varsity teams won 132 games against just 40 losses in 16 years. That stretch that included 12 trips to the playoffs, and earned Dougherty induction into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.

Dougherty is a Peoria native, having played his high school ball at the now defunct Peoria Bergan. His son Jimmie followed in his football footsteps, having just completed the season as the wide receivers coach for the University of Washington Huskies.

In addition to his coaching duties at GHS, Dougherty will also be teaching Social Studies at Galesburg High School.
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