Alabama Soccer Coach Resigns
"Coach Staley's contributions to Alabama women's soccer will benefit the program for years to come," UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "Don has been a stabilizing force for the soccer program for 14 years, and he has been a key factor in its remarkable growth over that period. Coach Staley's integrity and competitive spirit served as a great example to his student-athletes. I am thankful for his contributions and efforts, and I wish him the best in his future pursuits."
"After considerable thought I have decided to resign my position as head women's soccer coach at the University of Alabama," Staley said. "It's been an honor and a privilege to be the head soccer coach at UA for the last 14 years. I want to thank Dr. Witt, Coach Moore, Associate Athletic Director Carol Park and the entire athletic staff for the opportunity to coach at one of the finest universities in the country. I want to particularly express my gratitude to my coaching staff for the hard work they have put in to this program, and my family for their endless support, encouragement and patience.
"This was not a rash decision on my part but something that I have been pondering for some time. However, in sports as in life things change and it's time for me to allow someone else to take the program in a new direction. I also want to thank the people in the cities of Tuscaloosa and Orange Beach for their support at our training camps and matches; the soccer alumni; the parents, our players and our many friends who have supported us faithfully for these past 14 years.
"On the field, our team made some substantial improvements this year. I feel the program is on solid ground and championships are not far away. Man, have the years flown! It has really meant a lot to me; in fact, it meant everything to be the head soccer coach at The University of Alabama. I have had a great ride and I am going to miss everyone."
While at Alabama he coached 108 Academic All-SEC honorees and 14 All-SEC players including Libby Probst, the 2005 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. In 2007, freshmen Justine Bernier and Victoria Frederick were named to the SEC All-Freshman team. In 2004, Staley became only the fifth coach in NCAA soccer history to reach the 300-win mark. He had a career record of 324-257-38 in 23 years as a head coach at the collegiate level, including nine years (1985-93) as head coach at Radford University (where he coached both the men's and women's teams) before joining the Tide in 1993.
Staley, who was named head coach at UA in December of 1993, was the Dean of SEC women's soccer head coaches and one of only two coaches to have been in the league every season since the inception of women's soccer in 1994. He won three SEC Western Division titles (1995, 1997 and 1998) and took the Tide to its only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998. Staley was selected by the league's coaches as the SEC Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1998.
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