Down East coach returns to basketball after year marked by personal tragedies

It has been a difficult year for Troy Alley.

His father, legendary Jonesport-Beals High School boys basketball coach Ordie Alley, died on March 23 and his 30-year-old niece, Brittany (Alley) Estes, passed away three days later.

Then in July the University of Maine at Machias, where he was the associate athletic director, men’s and women’s basketball coach and men’s soccer coach, suspended its athletics program indefinitely because of budget issues worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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