Paul Corley cites desire to finish master's degree

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FARMINGTON — Farmington boys basketball coach Paul Corley has decided it is time to move on, resigning from his position today after six years at the helm.

“Ultimately, I've got some other things in life I want to pursue. It was time for some change in my life,” Corley said.

After contemplating his decision for the last few months, Corley said stepping down will allow him to spend more time with family. Corley also said it will free up more time for him to pursue a master's degree in sports management.

“I have no complaints. I was able to make some lifelong friendships with a lot of basketball players. I really feel like the time was right," Corley said.

Corley went 108-65 during his tenure with the Scorpions.

Despite going 9-19 this season, FHS went 49-9 over the preceding two seasons, including a 5A state quarterfinals appearance in March 2017.

“Paul did a good job with the program. The kids always played hard, were competitive,” said Frank Whalen, the athletic director for the Farmington Municipal School District. “He understands the game. Making adjustments in the game, he was really good at it.”

Corley also went 54-88 coaching the Bloomfield girls from the 2007-2008 season through the 2011-2012 season. He coached the Newcomb girls from 2004 to 2007.

“I enjoyed all my stops,” Corley said, adding that continuity helped him prepare for his tenure with Farmington, which he described as a dream job.

Corley also said his stops in Newcomb and Bloomfield helped him develop a strong sense of Xs and Os, along with how to manage personnel effectively.

Corley, who thanked former Farmington Municipal School District athletic director Don Lorett for giving him the job, said it will be a challenge for his successor when the Scorpions face tougher teams in the new state classification alignments, which take effect for the 2018-2019 school.

However, Corley also believes the foundation of the program is in good shape.

And he didn't rule out a return to coaching.

“If the right situation came along, I would look at it,” Corley said.

There will be a national search for Corley’s successor. Whalen said anyone across the United State can apply for the job through the district's website at district.fms.k12.nm.us.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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