Youth leader, coach steers kids away from trouble

August 15, 2007|By JANET HEIM

Editor's note - There are a lot of people you see around town that you recognize, but don't know anything about. People like ...

Candy Foltz

Age: 41

Occupation: Fiscal technician for Developmental Disabilities Administration

Hometown: Hagerstown

Where would you see Foltz? As a girls volleyball and basketball coach and youth leader at her church, Foltz spends a lot of time with teens and preteens. Her biggest fan is her 13-year-old daughter, Chelsea.

"I think the biggest thing for her is if her friends have problems, she'll send them to see me," Candy Foltz said.


Foltz said she doesn't have all of the answers, but most of the time, her daughter's friends just need someone to listen to them.

A 1984 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, Foltz played volleyball her first two years of high school, but had to stop when she joined the band because she wasn't allowed to do both.

"I never stopped loving it," Foltz said of volleyball.

Foltz, whose maiden name is Carter, lives a quarter of a mile from where she grew up in Cearfoss. After high school, she earned an associate degree in computer programming from the then-Hagerstown Junior College.

Foltz planned to pursue a degree in teaching, but got married and became a mother instead. She and her husband since have divorced.

Her training landed her a job in the Records Department of Potomac Center, then to the Developmental Disabilities Administration. She now works in the fiscal department, preparing budgets for the developmentally disabled.

Foltz said she loves her job, even though it's not the career path she had in mind. She said she gets to teach as a girls volleyball and basketball coach at Broadfording Christian Academy - where her daughter will be a freshman this year - and for the local Tri-State Fellowship of Christian Athletes Volleyball Club and at the YMCA's summer recreational volleyball league.

All of these activities have been positive for both Candy and Chelsea Foltz.

"I keep her busy in positive things, while keeping her away from negative influences," Candy Foltz said. "The kids she hangs out with are great kids."

Foltz also works with the middle school youth group at her church, Grace Brethren Church.

"I love them," Foltz said. "They're so enthusiastic about life."

Hobbies: "I'm a big scrapbooking, card-making, crafts person," Foltz said. She said it provides stress relief, and scrapbooking is a hobby she and her daughter share.

They like to scrapbook about sports and places they go, including Bethany Beach, Del., which is their favorite place to visit.

Another hobby is watching the activities of Foltz's five nephews, especially the youngest, who played T-ball this season.

What does Foltz like best about Washington County? "My family - I wouldn't leave the area - my parents, brother, nephews. I wouldn't leave them for anything," she said.

Foltz said she liked growing up in a smaller community that was close-knit.

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