Moffat County High school loses volleyball staff

The Moffat County High School volleyball team's spikes and kills will be taught not by just one new coach in the fall of 2002 but by an entire new coaching staff.

Head volleyball coach Vicki Haddan along with her two assistant coaches, Karen Rohnke and Misty Jones, resigned at the end of the 2001 season.

Haddan declined to comment on the reasons for her resignation but her assistant coaches cited other areas of their lives demanding more time.

Jones said it was her time to move on and Rohnke said she wanted to dedicate more time to her teaching career. Rohnke is a sixth-grade reading and language arts teacher at Craig Intermediate School.

The resignations have created vacancies that have yet to be filled.

"What the program really loses with the resignation of the coaches is its stability," athletic director Jim Loughran said. "Volleyball loses what these coaches have instilled in the past years."

The athletic department hasn't started an extensive search for replacement coaches. Loughran said he would have to meet with the principal (Jane Krogman) to decide how a new staff will be recruited.

He did say the high school would look in-house before going on a state and nationwide search for replacements.

Haddan has been coaching volleyball at Moffat County High School since 1997 when she started out as the junior varsity coach. In 1998 she became co-head coach and in 1999 she took full control of the team.

In her time as head coach she compiled a record of 16-26 with one trip to the district tournament.

Haddan is an alumnus of Moffat County High School where she played four years of volleyball. She continued her career at Mesa State College.

Rohnke is also an alumnus of Moffat County where she played four years of volleyball and was named All-Conference. Her coaching resume extends beyond volleyball; she has also coached basketball and track.

Jones was a student-athlete at Aspen High School, where she played middle hitter and has coached at Moffat County since 1996.

"The coaches are a loss to the program and will be hard to replace," Loughran said.

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