PHS wrestling coach is continuing his education
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Harley Lamey is wearing a lot of hats these days. He’s decided to go back to school to get a EdD in education administration and it’s making his life a lot busier.

In addition to being a student, Lamey is a husband, father, teacher and coach.

For the past 12 years, he’s coached wrestling at Piedmont High School. Lamey was on the wrestling team at Weaver High School and was inspired by his coach, the late Gene Taylor.

“Coach Taylor was my motivation,” said Lamey. “There were times I couldn’t stand him because he was so demanding. But I grew to appreciate him.”

Lamey’s team won the state championship in 2009. They won the sectional tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and the county tournament in 2009 and 2010.

“The kids at Piedmont have a willingness to work hard,” said Lamey. “They push themselves when they don’t think they can go any further.”

Lamey teaches on-line health, sociology, psychology, media production and facilitates some ACT prep courses.

“It all takes up a lot of my time, especially on Sunday afternoons,” he said. “That’s when I have to make sure I get all my course work finished so it won’t interfere with my coaching and teaching.”

Lamey explains on his PHS website that he went into education because he felt that it was his duty to share with others the knowledge and lessons that he learned from his parents, coaches and teachers along his educational journey.

On the website he said he believes that technology in the classroom is important because of the fact that the world has shifted to an always on, always engaged atmosphere.

“There is an endless amount of information available to us by our smart devices at the simple touch of a screen,” he said. “We would be apathetic not to use these tools that are available now to improve the educational environment that we present to our children.”

Lamey was born at Fort McClellan where his father was stationed. His father Harley lives in Leesburg with his wife Jodi. His mother, Martha Lamey, lives in Memphis. His sister, Theresa McCary, lives in Southside with her husband Robert and daughters, Lily and Charlotte.

Lamey attended Gadsden State and is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where he received his bachelor’s in 2000 and his master’s in 2007. In May 2013, he completed his educational specialist degree in educational administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He and his wife, the former Heather Kirby, have a son, Jack, who attends school in Piedmont and, like his father did in school, wrestles.

Living with the Lameys are a cat named Reese and two dogs, Jimmy and Curtis.

The family attends Covenant Life Ministries in Alexandria where Lamey serves on the media team on Sundays and special occasions.

Lamey said right now, it’s difficult to find family time, but that will change next year, once he finishes his doctorate, also from Liberty University.
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