Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“This was my Dad’s home from the end of July through the end of September... We thank the Princeton community for their love and support during the loss of our dad... Thank you for honoring his memory. He would be very proud that his name and legacy will be carried on.”
Those were the remarks of Heather Bailey at the dedication of Everette K. Bailey Field at Princeton Senior High School. Bailey was the first soccer coach at PSHS and coached the sport for 15 years. He passed away in January and Saturday afternoon the school’s soccer complex was named in his honor during a ceremony between girls and boys soccer games between the Tigers and Huntington High School.
Current Tigers boys coach Steve Bailey served as master of ceremony and he welcomed those in attendance and recognized former players, asking them to stand along with anyone who had been touched by Everette Bailey, who was active in the community and was also public address announcer for PSHS basketball games.
Girls coach Michelle Dye played for Bailey and later went to Wheeling Jesuit to play soccer on the collegiate level. She pointed out that Bailey had more than 200 wins in his 15 years as coach and “He was more than a coach, he was a parent on the sidelines.”
Princeton principal Lori Comer welcomed those in attendance and introduced Rick Ball, a former PSHS girls soccer coach who is now an assistant superintendent for Mercer County Schools.
“He bled Princeton blue, was a Princeton Tiger through and through,” Ball said. “He left a lasting legacy. He was a man of principle, a man of passion, a man who had a zest for life.”
Bailey’s widow Carol, who was with him on the sidelines as the scorekeeper, was present along with his children Heather and Jeff, and grandchildren. Following the ceremony she spoke of the honor.
“He would be so humble and feel like he didn’t deserve it, but he would be really appreciative to the school and the community, because they’ve always supported soccer and he would appreciate the continued support,” Carol Bailey said.
Son Jeff Bailey, athletic director at University High in Morgantown said, “We’re extremely appreciative of the whole Princeton community and all the opportunities that they’ve given my father and my family. Hopefully he left an example for all of them to follow. He loved this school and he loved this community.”
Heather Bailey concluded by saying, “This would make my Dad so proud to have his name and legacy carrid on. This high school meant a lot to him. I’m sure he would be very ecstatic.”
The Princeton girls played Huntington to a 0-0 tie, while the boys team beat the Highlanders 1-0. Daniel Harmon scored the lone goal on an assist from Will Hickman and Kade Bradley. Luke Lilly had nine saves in goal.