Albemarle High School Football Coach Mike Alley Resigns
Albemarle High School head football coach Mike Alley is resigning to spend more time working in youth ministry, something he's done for years. Alley will stay on staff at Albemarle until the end of the school season in June.
Alley has spent the last four years at Albemarle. He led the Patriots to the playoffs this past season for the first time since 2003. Albemarle had a 6-5 in record in 2013 and lost in the first round of the playoffs 24-23 to Falls Church.
Alley had a record of 6-23 with Albemarle playing in the powerful Commonwealth District. Albemarle matched those six wins this past season as Albemarle moved into the Jefferson District. Alley took over a Patriot team that finished 0-10 in 2009, the season before he arrived.
Albemarle HS athletic director Deb Tyson issued this statement:
Dear Patriot Families:
Hard to remember, but there was a time when The Reader's Digest was one of the most popular publications in the United States and among the best-read features in the magazine was an article titled, "The Most Unforgettable Person I Ever Met." It always was interesting to read about unusual men and women who had a profound impact on one's life. Mike Alley is one of those unforgettable people.
Mike joined us four years ago and he instantly became an invaluable member of our faculty and our athletic program. He got it right from the beginning—the key to building something meaningful starts with instilling respect for a set of values that our entire school community can honor. Mike's emphasis was on character development before skill development and it worked wonders.
In addition to his passion for helping our scholar athletes succeed, Mike has been devoting a considerable amount of this time and energy working as a youth pastor in a number of community-wide programs. He has expressed a desire to expand these efforts through new programs that will increase the opportunities for young people to gain public service skills that will benefit them and their community for a lifetime.
To enable him to increase his work in youth ministry, Mike has decided to resign as our varsity football coach and to leave our staff in June.
We are deeply grateful for his contributions to our students and families and for his role in making "Champion" a more powerful word in our school, both on and off the gridiron. As he summed it up, his life's calling is "not just teaching the game of football but using it as an avenue to teach young people how to live and play the game of life with character and integrity."
Thank you, Mike! Best wishes for great success in your future endeavors.
Albemarle will post the opening for a Head Football Coach immediately. Please know that every possible effort will be made to hire the best candidate in order to continue the groundwork that Mike and his staff have started for our young men.
Jay Thomas Deb Tyson
Principal Athletic Director
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