Don Staley, Foley’s first executive director of sports, was recently honored by the Alabama House of Representatives with a resolution commending his outstanding record of public service in sports and tourism.
Staley was recognized for his more than two decades of sports and tourism work in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Staley served as the head soccer coach at the University of Alabama for 14 years and was instrumental in forming the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation in 2008, where he served as executive director. Prior to his employment with the city of Foley, Staley served as executive director of sports for the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, where he was responsible for bringing in thousands of visitors for sporting events.
In 2004, Staley, became only the fifth coach in NCAA soccer history to reach the 300-win mark, with an overall career record of 324-257-38, spanning 23 years. As a head coach at the Division 1 collegiate level, Staley garnered four Coach of the Year awards in two different leagues. In 2005, Staley helped bring the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship playoffs to Orange Beach, Ala., where it continues today.
Staley’s current job includes marketing and oversight of a planned multi-use sports complex that will provide the city with the capacity to host large indoor and outdoor sports tournaments in Foley. The complex will consist of 13 state-of-the-art outdoor fields that can be used for soccer, football and lacrosse, and a 100,000 square foot sports event center that will accommodate volleyball, basketball and other indoor sporting events.
The resolution passed by Alabama’s House of Representatives not only commended Staley for his accomplishments in Tuscaloosa, but also offered best wishes as he embarks upon his new position in Foley.