After just one season with the Lady Eagles, Allie Turley announced earlier this week he will be stepping down as head coach of Madison Southern's girls basketball team.

Turley took over the position last March after former head coach Summer Simmons stepped down.

In his one season at the school, the Lady Eagles finished with a 16-15 record and finished fourth in the 11th Region in RPI.

The Lady Eagles had two hard-fought wins over 44th District foes Madison Central and Berea Community, before ending their season with a loss to the Lady Indians in the semifinals of the 44th District Tournament in February.

Before taking over the head coaching position at Southern, Turley taught science and coached basketball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Turley said the decision to leave Southern was a difficult one, but ultimately the family would be heading back to the Sunshine State.

"Leaving Southern is extremely hard; it is a great school and community. Unfortunately, the funding for my wife's job was cut and it was her job that actually brought us back to Kentucky," Turley explained. "Thankfully, she has found a new position but it is going to require us to relocate to Orlando."

Turley said he is proud of the accomplishments of the Lady Eagles this past season and enjoyed coaching and wishes his student-athletes the best of luck next year.

"I hate to leave Southern because I believe we were building something special, but more so, because the team and staff are family. They are a fantastic group of young women and I truly will miss coaching them. Lastly, I want to thank the administration for giving the opportunity to coach and teach at Southern," Turley said.

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