Joseph Soley is entering his eighth year coaching volleyball at Allatoona. He helped lead the Lady Bucs to their first back to back state championship matches. 2019 State Champions and 2018 State Runners-up and Winning Area/Region Championships in 2014/2015/2018. The team has played in every state playoff season since he has been coaching.
Coach Soley graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Physical Education. During his time at Indiana State, he was a college cheerleader and also competed in wrestling as a club team. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama, and completed his Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Curriculum & Instruction.
Currently, Coach Soley is teaching Health, BPE, General PE, and is also the Head Coach for the Women’s Volleyball Team, which won a State Championship in 2019. Coach Soley was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year of Allatoona High School, the 2012 MDJ Coach of the Year for Tennis, the 2014 and 2015 Area 5A Coach of the Year for Volleyball, the 2017 and 2018 Region 5A Coach of the Year for Volleyball, the 2018 and 2019 GACA Region 6A Coach of the Year for Volleyball, the 2019 GVCA 6A Coach of the Year for Volleyball, and the 2019 MDJ Coach of the Year for Volleyball.
He is married to Lindsay Soley who is a 5th grade teacher at Kemp Elementary, son Hayden (18) and daughter Anna Cait (13). Growing up, Coach Soley’s mentor was his high school wrestling coach, Phil Wagoner. After Soley’s father passed away, Coach Wagoner was always there for him, picking him up for practice, taking him to wrestling tournaments, etc. He was a high school coach, Health/PE teacher, and the high school’s Athletic Director, and Coach Soley still stays in touch with him today. Coach Soley finds inspiration in President Abraham Lincoln who said, “I will prepare, and some day, my chance will come.”