Blake Talley never expected his Scottsboro head baseball coaching tenure to last only one season.
But the opportunity to get closer to home and coach at what he believes is one of the top programs in the state changed his plans.
Talley has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Grissom High School in Huntsville. His hiring was made official during Monday’s Huntsville City Schools Board meeting.
Talley grew up in the Huntsville area and played high school baseball at Buckhorn. He then played collegiately at Calhoun Community College and UNA before serving as an assistant coach at Madison County High School prior to being hired as Scottsboro’s head coach last summer.
“I get closer to home and I’ve always considered Grissom one of the best coaching jobs in Alabama,” Talley said. “I wasn’t expecting to leave Scottsboro after one year. But this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Scottsboro went 17-10 in 2019 and won the Class 5A Area 15 championship, the program’s first area title in 12 years. The Wildcats lost 7-6 to Madison Academy in Game 3 of a best-of-three first-round playoff series.
“The kids bought in to everything I wanted them to do and them some,” Talley said. “I enjoyed my time at Scottsboro. There are great people here. It’s a great school. I’m grateful for my time here. The hardest part is leaving (the players). Yeah it was just one year, but we invested a lot of time in each other. I give them the credit for this opportunity (at Grissom) because of the success we had. They’ll continue to do great things here.”
Scottsboro’s next head coach will be the program’s fifth in the past six seasons.
“We understand coach’s decision. We hate to lose him, but we understand it. He’s getting to go back to his hometown,” said Scottsboro principal Rob Paradise. “We’ll fill that position as soon as we can with someone of equal caliber and equal ability.”