This a reminder to student-athletes involved in fall sports and their families that Valley High School is hosting Fall Sports Night this Wednesday, Aug. 15, after New Student Night.
Join all fall teams in the Staplin Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. to get an introduction to fall sports and hear from Principal David Maxwell and Athletics & Activities Director Brad Rose. Topics covered will include academic requirements, concussion protocol, and an introduction to training and coaching staffs.
At 7:30 p.m., teams will break out into individual meetings. Student-athletes and parent/guardians will have time to talk with coaches, ask questions, and get to know the team.
Fall Sports Night Schedule
7-7:25 p.m.: Fall Sports Welcome—Staplin Performing Arts Center
Valley softball head coach Tom Bakey will be recognized at the state softball tournament as the recipient of the Golden Plaque of Distinction Award, presented by the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union.
The award honors a coach in each varsity sport who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward their school, community, and the coaching profession, a news release from IGHSAU said.
Bakey has spent 32 years at Valley, with the last 22 years serving as head coach. He’s amassed a 827-201 record with five state titles, 13 state tournament appearances, and 16 conference championships. Bakey was recognized as Softball Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2010 by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and earned District Coach of the Year honors six times.
Additionally, Bakey served as a member of the IGHSAU Softball Advisory Committee from 2009-14.