Daley is a 1985 Copper Basin graduate and former Cougars assistant who takes over for Mark Stone, the Cougars head coach for 12 years. Stone was informed in January by Polk Countys director of schools, James Jones, that he would not be given a coaching contract for next year. The team was 5-5 last season.
There was a little hesitancy because of the situation with Coach Stone, Daley said. There was a lot of interest from the community, but I didnt want to make a move until things were resolved with Coach Stone. What went on between the administration and Coach Stone had nothing to do with me.
Daley played collegiately at Richmond University and has been a high school assistant for 13 years. He was the offensive coordinator at Fannin County Ga.) the last three years.