Bailey accepts position as new Holy Trinity track coach


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Marc Bailey has been hired as the new Holy Trinity track and field coach. Bailey was the assistant under former coach Doug Butler since 2012.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Holy Trinity has a new track and field coach, and it will be a familiar one to members of the Tigers’ program.

Marc Bailey, who has been an assistant coach at the school since 2012, has accepted the head coaching job Holy Trinity announced Thursday.

He takes over the Tigers program following last November’s dismissal of Doug Butler, who won four state track championships and 16 cross country championships in 15 years at the school.

Butler’s firing created an uproar among students and parents, who protested on social media, held a demonstration in front of the campus, and even started a gofundme.com account to raise money to keep the coach from seeking another job in the hope he would be brought back.

That did not happen, however, as the school held firm in its decision to move forward and in December, Butler accepted a job at Satellite High School.

Holy Trinity will hire a new cross country coach to take over that program for the 2015 fall season.

A former Division I All-American track standout at the University of Georgia, Bailey still holds the school record for the long jump (26-5.50) and was a finalist at the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.

He has more than 10 years of coaching experience and was previously the head track and field coach at Merritt Island High School, where he was named the Space Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1999.

“I am looking forward to helping Holy Trinity’s athletes reach their full potential in Track and Field events, and am committed to carrying on the legacy of excellence with this program,” Bailey said in a school press release.

During Bailey’s tenure as an assistant coach at Holy Trinity, the boys team won back-to-back Class 1A state track and field titles (2012-13). The girls team won the state championship last season.

Bailey, who is also the school’s girls varsity basketball coach, will hold his first track and field practice on Jan. 19.

“I am excited that Coach Bailey has accepted the position of Head Track and Field Coach,” Scott Crockett, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Athletic Director, said in a press release. “By being associated with the team since 2012, he truly understands the magnitude of the job and the level of excellence the Holy Trinity Track and Field team operates under. He brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to the team, and we are lucky to have him in this capacity.”