Coaches Corner

Allen GolfKaren Gravley - Head Golf Coach

Karen Gravley was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, raised in Duncan, Oklahoma and currently resides in Plano, Texas. 

Gravley is a six-time District Coach of the Year and a four-time North Texas High School Golf Coaches Association (NTHSGCA) Coach of the Year. She served as NTHSGCA vice-president in 1990 and president in 1991.

The National Federation of State High School Associations named her Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2007 and in 2012 Gravley was awarded National Coach of the Year honors for girls golf by the National High School Coaches Association. The award she is most honored by came about this past year when she was inducted into the prestigious Allen Athletics Hall of Honor sitting at the front of Allen Eagle Stadium.  

A 1974 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Gravley taught health and physical education for five years at Dallas Trinity Christian Academy before embarking on a professional golf career. She played on the Women’s Professional Golf Tour and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour, earning her LPGA Tour card in 1984.

She returned to education in 1987, coaching the boys and girls golf teams for four years at Flower Mound Marcus High and the women’s team at Southern Methodist University for one season before taking the reins as head golf coach at Allen in 1992. She holds a position at Kerr Elementary where she teaches physical education.

Under Coach Gravley's leadership, numerous championships have been won by both the boys and girls golf teams; including the first two U.I.L. 5A State Championships in the history of Allen I.S.D. sports, back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.  Two other state championships, 2012 and 2014 have been added to the trophy case since. 


Allen GolfTom Stal - Assistant Golf Coach

Tom Stal was born in California and raised in California and Germany.  He attended high school in Duesseldorf, West Germany and Laguna Beach, California were he played baseball, basketball and soccer. 

From 1987 to 1991 Coach Stal attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont California majoring in government.  After graduating from college Tom worked for the Orange County Transportation Authority planning transportation improvements such as freeway interchange and commuter rail projects. 

In 1995 Coach Stal moved to Conroe, Texas where he worked for Conroe ISD, teaching history and variously coaching basketball, track, volleyball and golf in grades 7-12 at Moorhead Junior High and Caney Creek High School. 

In 1998 Tom transferred to Lake Highlands High School in Dallas (Richardson ISD) and took a position as the boys golf coach.  He held this position for four years while teaching AP Macroeconomics and geography.

The year 2002 brought another move, this time to Allen and the Lowery Freshmen Center.  After one year teaching he joined the Allen golf program as a volunteer coach.  In 2004 he became the assistant coach for Allen.  Coach Stal has been instrumental in bringing four state Championships to Allen I.S.D.  He continues to teach geography and pre AP geography at Lowery. 

Tom and his wife Allison reside in Allen and are are the proud parents of two sons; Preston and Cole.    



Allen GolfClay Jackson - Assistant Golf Coach

Clay Jackson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and raised in Henrietta, TX.  After high school Clay played golf and baseball for two years at Midwestern State University before transferring to Texas A&M University in 1996.  Coach Jackson started his coaching career at Callisburg High School where he coached football, basketball, baseball and golf while teaching Agriculture Science and Health. 

In 2000 Clay made his move to the Metroplex where he became the Middle School Coordinator at Hudson Middle School in Garland.  After two years at Hudson, Clay was named the varsity assistant coach in basketball at Sachse High School were he also coached football and baseball.  While at Sachse Clay taught Biology, Health and Physical Education.

 In 2007 Clay became the director of the Garland ISD Coca-Cola Basketball Tournament and the director of the district 10-5A track meet for Garland ISD.   He became an assistance coach for the golf team in 2010 and was a contributory factor in bringing the 2012, 2013 state Championships to Allen I.S.D.

Clay currently resides in McKinney and is the proud father of Parker Ray.