POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College is mourning the passing of former PRCC women’s basketball coach Ed Walley, who died Nov. 25 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Walley was 68.
Walley coached the Lady Wildcats for eight seasons, from 2000 until his retirement in 2008. He came to Pearl River after a 31-year career as a high school coach at Magee, Sand Hill, Forrest County AHS and Petal, during which time his teams won 75 percent of their games.
He posted a 115-94 record at PRCC, and led the Lady Wildcats to the NJCAA National Tournament at Salina, Kan., in 2003, finishing 25-5. He was named Region 23 Coach of the Year that season. He also led the Lady Wildcats to berths in the MACJC State Tournament and NJCAA Region 23 Tournament in 2004 and 2008.
Walley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and Master’s degree in physical education, both from William Carey University, and served in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Walley is survived by his wife, Pat, two sons, Brady Walley and Lance Walley, five brothers, a sister and one grandson.