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Posted December 19, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Xavier will miss Sullivan

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By Claire Christianson, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS- Coach Barb Sullivan recently resigned from her head volleyball coaching position at Xavier High School to become a No. 1 mom.

In January, the Sullivans’ will have a new priority in their life. It is human nature for parents to make sacrifices for their children.

“I’m sure this is not the first sacrifice I’m going to have to make for this little pumpkin,” Sullivan said.

The varsity volleyball team was called to Sullivan’s room on Nov. 30. The girls went into this meeting just like many others with their coach, but knew something was different just by the tone in the room. When the girls found out about coach’s resignation, there was an emotional reaction.

“I was sad because I still have two more years,” starting sophomore Kayla Torson said. “I have known her my whole life so it is hard to see her go. It will be weird seeing her with the fans.”

The meeting consisted of mixed emotions with the girls. They were happy for the Sullivans and the baby, but also very sad to see their coach go.

“I kind of expected her to leave because it would be hard to have a baby and coach at the same time,” Torson said.

Sullivan ended her last year of coaching very successfully with a record of 26-12.

The Saints are sad for their loss but looking forward to what the future could hold.

Sullivan said she “wants somebody who will take care of the program and the girls” to be the next coach.


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