Albright resigns after six seasons


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Blair Albright led the Firebirds for six seasons. After his resignation on Thursday, April 18, 2019, the search for a new head coach will begin.

Blair Albright announced his resignation on Thursday, April 18, 2019 after leading the boys basketball program for six consecutive seasons.

Albright came to Fairmont after coaching eight seasons at St. Francis DeSales in Columbus. He was hired on in 2013, the same year that former girls basketball coach Lacy Drake was hired as a successor to Tim Cogan. Drake also resigned last spring after coaching the Birds for five seasons.

“There were many factors that contributed to my decision but one of the most moving among them was just a feeling in my heart that it was time for me to take a step back. In the end, I felt like it was the right time to acknowledge those feelings and make a change,” he said.

During his six-year stint, Albright compiled a record of 76-58 overall and 22-44 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. He led the Birds to back to back District Finals appearances, was GWOC Coach of the Year in 2015 and has sent several players on to compete at the collegiate level.

“I am very proud of the job I have done in this role not only in the performance of our teams in competition, but more importantly, in the values we have taught our student-athletes and in the positive culture that we have created for Fairmont Basketball,” he said.

Albright and his staff dedicated many hours to the high school team, but the work done behind the scenes with youth programs and the community is where an even greater impact was made.

“With the help of my staff, I instituted and ran a summer league for grades 4-8 throughout my tenure here as basketball coach. In addition, we participated in a number of events in the community,” he said.

Albright and his wife Andi have two young daughters, Adlee and Ava.

“My family life has changed dramatically during my 6 years here. I have a loving and supportive wife, but with no family in the Dayton area, my commitment to coaching was putting a significant strain on her,” he said.

Albright will remain at Fairmont as an English teacher.

“Fairmont is a wonderful school with outstanding administrators, faculty, staff and students. I know for sure that being surrounded by so many outstanding teachers that I respect and admire has presented me with a positive peer pressure that has forced me to improve as an educator. I look forward to continuing in the best way that I can to make a positive impact in the lives of those that I work with and work for.”