Ernest Alley

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Ernest Alley
Biographical details
Bornc. 1904
DiedAugust 24, 1971 (aged 67)
Nashville, Tennessee
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1939Middle Tennessee Teachers
1940Vanderbilt (ends)
1944–1945Auburn (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall6–6–1 (football)

Ernest Hayes "Herc" Alley (c. 1904 – August 24, 1971) was an American football player, track athlete, and coach. He served as head men's track coach at Vanderbilt University from 1949 to 1971. Alley was also the head football coach at Middle Tennessee Teachers College—now Middle Tennessee State University—in 1939 and at Vanderbilt in 1943, compiling a career college football record of 6–6–1. He played football as an end at the University of Tennessee from 1927 to 1928. Alley died of a heart attack at the age of 67 on August 24, 1971 at his home in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Middle Tennessee Teachers Blue Raiders (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1939)
1939 Middle Tennessee Teachers 1–6–1
Vanderbilt: 1–6–1
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1943)
1943 Vanderbilt 5–0 0–0
Vanderbilt: 5–0 0–0
Total: 6–6–1


  1. ^ ""Herc" Allen Dies". The Times-News. United Press International. August 24, 1971. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "Track Coach Dies". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. August 25, 1971. Retrieved December 27, 2011.