If you’ve ever had a kid play sports at Lake Stevens High School, you’ve been in contact with Athletic Director Ed Bailey. Bailey has now retired from teaching and High School athletics after more than 40 years.
Bailey started his teaching career in 1972 coaching in the Everett School District where he taught P.E., Health and Wood Shop. He also coached football and Wrestling at Everett High School from 1992 to 2002 when he moved to Lake Stevens High School.
Great memories of playing High School and college sports spurred the desire to teach and coach athletics to students.
“Having played three sports my High School years was a great start and the relationships I found with coaches and other teammates made it fun to go to school each day no matter what the season,” Bailey said. “Getting a chance to go to WSU and get some years of college paid while playing football was a bonus as well. While at WSU, I had many outstanding mentors in the coaching area like Marv Harshman, Jim Sweeny, Bobo Brayton and others that made me think that coaching and teaching would be a great career. They were right, 40 years has gone fast, and the past 10 as a Viking were amazing as well!”
The beginnings of the Purple and Gold Club came, in part, due to Bailey. He has also helped the club grow with help from many others in the community.
“Ed Bailey has been Athletic Director at LSHS for the past 10 years. During his time at Lake Stevens he has worked with community members to develop the Purple and Gold Club which has assisted students, athletics and High School programs over the years,” Arlene Hulten, Director of Communications for Lake Stevens School District said. “His collaborative work with teachers and administrators on a wide variety of athletic projects resulted in improved facilities for district students. Over the years he has played a vital role in seeking ways to acknowledge and recognize staff and students for work well done.”
“I have been hugely impressed with the quality of people I have been able to work with at Lake Stevens. I have found the coaches and teachers to be very dedicated to making the Viking experience the best it could be, and I feel blessed to have been a part of being a Viking,” Bailey said. “Working with some fantastic young people including many in this year’s senior class has been very rewarding.”
Principal Eric Cahan shared, “Ed epitomizes the LSHS Viking spirit, he is tireless, committed and supportive of his fellow Vikings. We are going to miss Ed’s sense of humor, his moral compass and his commitment to excellence.”
After 40 years Bailey is looking forward to retirement but will feel the loss of leaving a school and people he has come to love.
“The staff, coaches, administration, players, and community have been great to work with. I will miss the many friends that I have grown to know over the past 10 years as a Viking,” he said. “However, I look forward to spending time with my three grandchildren, fishing, biking, hiking and driving my wife crazy with some fun-filled road trips!”
Bailey also hopes to stay healthy enough to be able to enjoy his years of retirement with family and friends.
“Having some additional time to share excellent adventures, hopefully have enough years of good health to enjoy many fishing trips with friends, trips with family, and seek out the best in each and every day on the way,” he said. “Thanks for the wonderful ride Lake Stevens Vikings!”