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Posted December 31, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Sullivan coaching staff cut in half at Xavier

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By Allison Jasper, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS - After four years and three trips to the state tournament, Xavier volleyball coach  Barb Sullivan resigned.

Through her four years coaching at Xavier, Sullivan compiled a record of 95-61 and lead her team to the state tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012. To add to the success, this year she was named the Valley Division Coach of the Year.

Sullivan is a teacher in the Theology department at Xavier and her husband, Dave Sullivan, is a teacher in the Science department, as well as an assistant football coach and assistant girls’ basketball coach.

With their first baby on the way and having coaching jobs in the same season, the Sullivans were left with a tough decision.

“He’s been here for 15 years,” Barb said. “I didn’t feel like I could ask him to give up something he’s been doing for so long.”

This decision shows what the Sullivan’s value the most: family.

“It’s an incredibly hard decision,” Dave said. “She’s doing what she thinks is best for our family; she’s giving up something she loves.”

There is no doubt  Sullivan will miss the girls and the girls will miss her.

“It’s going to be sad seeing her in the stands, not on the bench,” said Kayla Torson, a sophomore at Xavier who has played for Sullivan for two years.

Sullivan will miss too many things to count.

“I will miss everything, especially getting to know the girls’ personalities and seeing their progress through the season,” she said.


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