CEDAR RAPIDS — In her four years as volleyball coach at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Barb Sullivan has preached a family-first message.
Now, she’s following that credo.
Sullivan, who is due to give birth in January, announced her resignation Friday.
“It’s killing me,” she said. “It’s not the first sacrifice I will make for my family, but it’s definitely the hardest.”
Sullivan, 32, coached Xavier to a 95-61 mark, leading the Saints to the state tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Her 2010 team reached the Class 4A semifinals.
This year’s team won the school’s first Mississippi Valley Conference divisional title. Sullivan was the Valley Division coach of the year as the Saints went 26-12.
“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Sullivan, whose husband David is an assistant coach in football and girls’ basketball at Xavier. “People used to look past Xavier, but we’ve made a name for ourselves.”
Sullivan will continue to teach in Xavier’s theology department.
“Barb did an excellent job leading the volleyball program. Her teams excelled on the court and she was an outstanding role model for our volleyball team members,” Xavier athletics director Mike Winker said. “I am saddened by her resignation but thankful that she will continue in her capacity as an educator at Xavier.”