While basketball has coursed through Troy Alley’s veins for decades, it was friendship and family that brought the seasoned coach to this coastal town.

That should prove good news for the Vikings as Searsport District High School athletic director Chris Hart announced the hire of Alley, who resides in Jonesport and has been part of the Downeast Alley basketball lineage for decades, as the school's boys varsity basketball coach.

The 48-year-old Alley takes over for Dave Pepin, who stepped down after six seasons guiding the Vikings.

Alley, the son of longtime Jonesport-Beals High School boys hoop coach Ordie Alley, said he is “excited for the opportunity.”

“Searsport has a rich athletic tradition, especially in other sports like baseball," Troy said. John Frye’s done a great job there. They’ve won three or four state championships in the last 10 years or whatever it’s been. Those kids know how to win and the community knows how to support the kids. Hopefully we can convert some of that over to basketball.”

Troy's father, Ordie, who passed away in March at the age of 79, coached for 39 years and won more than 600 games, 13 regional championships and nine state titles.

Most recently, Troy was the men’s and women’s basketball coach — along with the associate athletic director and men’s soccer coach — at the University of Maine in Machias, before that school suspended its intercollegiate athletic programs indefinitely over the summer. He has coached regularly the past 26 years in a variety of sports.

Troy graduated from that same college in 1995 with a degree in secondary education and also played basketball for the Clippers.

Troy has coached, by and large, since he graduated from Jonesport-Beals in 1991, where he played basketball, baseball, soccer and golf for the Royals.

He became the school’s varsity golf in 1992 (while playing basketball at UMM). He also spent time coaching the boys varsity soccer team, boys basketball alongside his father and later the girls varsity hoop squad.

He also spent time as the boys varsity basketball coach at Machias High School and coached the boys and girls varsity teams at Acadia Christian School in Trenton.

He “coached everything” at Jonesport-Beals area middle schools as he guided the soccer, cross-county, baseball and basketball teams. He also was an assistant coach alongside his father at Jonesport-Beals for several seasons.

Not only was his father a legendary coach at JBHS, but his mother, Donna, coached the Jonesport-Beals cheerleaders 27 years.

“I grew up with coaches,” he said.

Troy has a wife, Bobbie, of 26 years, and three daughters, Kali, Kaci and Karly.

Kali played for her father in high school at Jonesport-Beals and later in college at UMM, while Kaci recently graduated from Narraguagus High School of Harrington and was one of the basketball team’s top players. Karly is an eighth-grader at Jonesport Elementary School.

Troy also has local connections. He is the cousin of SDHS senior Makenzie Alley.

His daughter, Kaci, scored 22 points in a Class C North basketball prelim playoff game for No. 5 Narraguagus against No. 12 Searsport — and against cousins Mikayla and Makenzie Alley — in Feb. 2019.

Troy said having family in the area "is a bonus," but Hart, who had a brief stint as the athletic director at UMM prior to coming to SDHS, is the reason Troy was on Searsport's radar.

“This spring when my father and niece [Brittany] died three days apart, [Hart] reached out to me,” said Troy. “He was one of the first ones to reach out to ask how I was doing and if there was anything he could do. And then when UMaine Machias disbanded its athletic program, he was one of the first ones to reach out to me.”

“I told all those other schools with everything that’d happened I’d need some time. And they all fell by the wayside, but Chris Hart kept contacting me throughout the summer and throughout the fall. He’s the reason I’m at Searsport.”

And while some would see the current state of athletics as a negative — with winter sports in the air and the idea of a postseason all but out the window, Troy sees it as a blessing in disguise.

“COVID has obviously limited [athletic] opportunities,” he said. “I never use the term ‘a building year’ because it sends the wrong message and sets expectations really low. But I think given that the year is going to be a little more laid back, I think it creates a better opportunity for me to kind of establish myself where there’s really no pressure at all to be successful this year. I can go in, establish what I want the program to be and establish my relationship with the student-athletes right down through the lower grades. I think it’s a perfect opportunity.”

Currently, Troy is a teacher at Washington County Community College of Calais and a commercial lobster fisherman in the summer.