Even as a high school student graduating from Chief Sealth HS in 1968, Ed Bailey had a vision for his future. Great mentors as coaches in three sports in high school, an uncle in professional football, and a family history of educators inspired Ed's plan to become a high school teacher and coach. Four years later Ed left WSU with a diploma and a new wife to start his journey at Everett High School.
For thirty years, Ed taught and coached with passion and enthusiasm, including 27 years in football and wrestling. As head wrestling coach the teams were in the top five in state with multiple state champions. In addition, Ed was the Letterman's Club advisor, helped launch the school's new booster club, and taught drivers' education each morning. Ed embraced an educational philosophy that "All students were gifted, but didn't open their presents at the same time." By 1990 Ed had earned a MEd degree from WWU in Educational Leadership and became the Athletic Director/ Activity Director at Everett High. In 1993 Ed was selected as the State Activity Director of the Year for his work in the leadership program.
In 2002, Ed retired from Everett and two days later was blessed to have a job at Lake Stevens High School. His 10 years as a Viking flew by as there were many exciting thing in the works at Vikingland. A new stadium to plan, a Purple & Gold Club and Hall of Fame to launch, a new batting cage for softball and baseball, new synthetic turf fields, transformation to a Mid High Program all provided lots of opportunity for positive change at Lake Stevens HS. During his tenure as a Viking, Ed valued working with all of the positive coaches and administrators.
In 2012 Ed retired from LSHS to be a full time grandpa to his grandkids and part time fisherman. Ed Bailey's legacy in Lake Stevens is positive and lasting.