Folsom is among eight coaches in contention for the title of New Jersey High School Football Coach of the Year, and one of 408 candidates for USA Today’s inaugural National Coach of the Year honor.
Folsom is credited with creating the football dynasty
currently associated with West Deptford. He was hired in 1990.
Since then, the Eagles have won South Jersey Group 2 championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2012. The Eagles were undefeated in 2003, 2004 and 2012, according to maxpreps.com.
From 2002-05, West Deptford won 29 games. With a 3-0 start this season, the Eagles are currently on a 22-game winning streak that dates back to 2011, according to maxpreps.com.
Folsom is competing against St. Joseph (Hammonton) coach Paul Sacco, and coaches from Piscataway, Sayreville, Don Bosco Prep, Lacey, St. Peter’s Prep and Montville.
For the full list of New Jersey contenders and to vote in the contest, visit usatoday.com.
The contest began Monday at noon in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Voting in the state round concludes at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The winners from each individual contest advance to the regional round, where voting will take place from Oct. 9-18. The eight regional winners advance to the national finals, and USA Today’s first National High School Football Coach of the Year will be selected on Oct. 29.
Winners in each round are decided by most votes.
The grand prize is $2,000, for the Athletic Department of the winning coach. Second place brings in $1,000; third place nets $500; fourth place is worth $250; and the fifth place coach receives $100.
The eight finalists receive banners for their schools.
The 408 total coaches competing in the contest were selected by staff members at USA Today following a month of conversations with local media and other state and school officials.