High school football coaches play an important role in the development of young men. When Mickey Marley suited up at quarterback for the Franklin Rebels of the 1970s, his mentor was head coach Ray Dalton, a man who also had suited up for Rebels two decades before.

Today, we share a snippet of Coach Mickey Marley’s story. Today’s episode, titled “Coach Dalton” highlights the impact one man can have on another.  And this connection can be a game-changer, on and off the field. In Dalton’s case, his inspiration led Marley to the collegiate level – where that gridiron knowledge was parlayed to the coaching profession, where Marley has coached in West Tennessee for more than 30 years.

Dalton coached for 39 years, guiding Franklin High School, Brentwood Academy and Tifton High School (Ga.).  He died in 2010 at the age of 69.

Watch Coach Mickey Marley’s full story here.

Next week, we will share episode 2 of our short documentary on Coach Mickey Marley.

“Coach Mickey Marley” is one of many documentaries in the “Faces Of Williamson County” series, which is a production of WilliamsonSource.com, a division of Franklin-based Empower Local, Inc.


  1. […] Mickey Marley—Head football coach at the University School of Jackson for 27 years…became the head coach at USJ, along with Dean of Students, in 1989 and also served as Athletic Director from 1994 until 2002…his teams made five trips to the State Championship game, 10 state semi-final appearances, and 15 quarterfinal games …received numerous coach of the year honors and was inducted into the Jackson/Madison Co. Sports Hall of Fame, the Franklin High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame…completed his career at USJ in 2015 with 245 wins and 91 losses…currently the head football coach at Rosenwald Middle School in Trenton […]

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