Vallery retires at Kilgore

By Coleman Swierc

KILGORE, TEXAS (KLTV) - After 36 years as a head coach, Mike Vallery is calling it quits.

Vallery will retire after 15 years at the helm of Kilgore high school, and 25 years of head coaching overall.

Vallery is coming off a 5-6 season with the Bulldogs, and never won fewer than five games in any of his 15 years at Kilgore.

Most memorably, Vallery led the 2004 Bulldogs to a perfect 16-0 record and the Class 4A State Championship.

Before Kilgore, Vallery won a football and baseball state championship at Quachita Parish High School in Monroe, Louisiana.

Vallery told David Smoak, "I thought it would be easy walking in and talking to my staff and players, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done," Vallery continued, "It's just the right time for me and my family and it will allow me to do some things outside of coaching that I've never had time to do."

Vallery went on to say he hopes the next head coach at Kilgore comes from his current group of assistants.