T. W. Alley

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T. W. Alley
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1942
Playing career
1963–1964 William & Mary
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974 Louisville
Head coaching record
Overall 9–13
Accomplishments and honors

Tom W. Alley (born c. 1942) is a former American football player and coach. Alley was an All-Southern Conference tackle and 1964 graduate of the College of William and Mary. He held an M.Ed from W&M, played for two years with the Richmond Rebels, and for a time was with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the coaching staff at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

In 1967 T.W. became the Line Coach at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. In his first season, 1967, the Yellow Jackets finished 7-2-0 and won the Mason-Dixon Conference and Virginia Small College League championships. In his second and final season, 1968, Randolph-Macon achieved the school's only undefeated, untied season, 9-0-0, since the football program's inaugural campaign in 1881, and repeated as M-DC and VSCL champions.

Alley was hired as the head coach at the University of Louisville for the 1973 season, succeeding Lee Corso. Alley's 1973 Cardinals team was 5–6 in his first year (3–2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team ended the year with a two-game winning streak, posting victories against Furman University (35–14) and West Texas State University (21–9).

Alley's 1974 Louisville team finished 4–7 (3–2 in the MVC). The team opened the season with three losses, to Memphis State (16–10), Auburn (16–3) and Cincinnati (7–6). The Cardinals won their first two conference games, against Wichita State (14–7) and North Texas State (24–10), before losing to Drake (38–35), Mississippi State (56–7) and the Tulsa (37–7). After a win against Dayton (20–15), Louisville lost to Vanderbilt (44–0) before closing with a victory against West Texas State (10–8).

Alley was fired after two seasons and replaced as Louisville's head coach by Vince Gibson for the 1975 season, in which Louisville went 2–9, a downward departure from Alley's results.