"It's been a privilege and honor to serve the state of Alabama and city of Tuscaloosa the past 20-plus years and I was shocked and humbled by this award from the Alabama House of Representatives," Staley said in a statement to Connect Sports. "I want to thank all my former players and staff at the University of Alabama as well as my coworkers at the Tuscaloosa Tourism Sports Commission. Although no longer in Tuscaloosa, I look forward to continuing helping promote the great state of Alabama in my new home of Foley, Alabama, down along the Alabama Gulf Coast."Foley, 45 minutes southeast of Mobile, is in the process of building a massive mixed-use sports facility, which city officials—most notably Staley—hope will bring large tournaments to town. The Foley Sports Complex will consist of 13 state-of-the-art outdoor fields that can be used for soccer, football and lacrosse, and a 100,000-sq.-ft. sports event center that will accommodate volleyball, basketball and other indoor sporting events. Staley is tasked with marketing and oversight of the facility, and being awarded by the state's House of Representatives has to help that endeavor. The $27 million facility is expected to be completed by spring of 2015.
Alabama House of Representatives honored Don Staley, Foley, Alabama's, first director sports, with a resolution commending his outstanding record of public service in sports and tourism. Staley has sports in his blood, having been the head women's soccer coach at the University of Alabama for 14 years before being an integral part of setting up the Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation in 2008, where he served as executive director.