Amy Fleener, the head coach for the Dodge City Red Demons volleyball team for the past two seasons, has resigned.
Her resignation was announced Monday morning in a press release from the Dodge City High School Athletics Department.
“The search for a new Head Coach will begin immediately,” said Dodge City High School activities director Shawn Steiner in the release. “The DCHS Athletic Department will place a priority on hiring a certified teacher and experienced coach who has the necessary expertise and vision to lead the Red Demon volleyball program.”
Fleener said she had a very productive, professional meeting with Steiner on Friday.
“It just felt like it was a good time to step away and have him bring someone else in to kind of be the voice for the girls going forward,” Fleener said.
It was a year in which numerous personal challenges affected her, she said. The team had finished 9-27 this season.
“I’ll be the first to admit that I did not coach to the ability that those girls deserved,” Fleener said.
Fleener called the decision “very heartbreaking.” She has worked with youth for a long time and through a variety of capacities including teaching, coaching and through the church.
“But at the end of the day, everybody wants to do what’s best for kids,” Fleener said. “At this time I just think this is the best decision for those girls.”
She’ll still be invested in the team she said, and continue both following the team and working individually with girls as she has.
“The sport is still deep in my veins,” Fleener said. “Just the capacity as a head coach is not in the cards right now.”
The Athletic Department said in the release that it appreciated Fleener’s efforts.
“The DCHS Athletic Department appreciates the dedication to the program and the student-athletes of Dodge City High School demonstrated by Coach Fleener during her tenure as a coach in (the) volleyball program.”