Coach Wallace steps down
Stephen Wallace stepped down from coaching the Quincy High School football on Monday.
Wallace guided the Jacks for the past seven years, winning two academic state championships, reaching the state quarterfinals once and picking up 31 wins.
Wallace decided to apply for teaching positions in Sheridan and Cheyenne, Wyo., which led to his decision.
“Because I’m applying to other places I stepped down,” Wallace said. “I did this so they can get a new coach in for spring and summer.”
He said he wanted to make sure QHS was able to have enough time to hire his replacement. After seven years, a quarterfinals berth in 2012 and academic state championships in 2011 and 2013, he wanted to make sure he left the program on good terms, he said.
“That’s something we promoted,” Wallace said. “It starts with academics. We kept a pretty good track of the guys.”
He enjoyed the family atmosphere of the team. His wife Jenny and three children were part of the team as team mom and water and ball boys. That family sentiment extended to his players.
“(Jenny) made it a conscious effort to make it family,” he said. “She would make bone-crusher cakes if she heard their hits and made breakfasts of champions.”
His door for alumni also was always open at his house or on the sidelines.
“It’s fun to see them stop by and get breakfast or get a cookie,” Wallace said.
Athletic Director Alex Alexander praised Wallace, describing him as a “sound coach” who is “diligent” and “caring” and held athletes accountable.
And, most importantly, he and his family were there for the students at QHS, Alexander said.
“This is a good Quincy family,” he said.
— By Kurtis J. Wood, QVPR contributor