Von Rumpf resigns WHS soccer post
June 7, 2007
Whittell High School has four coaching vacancies, including girls’ soccer and track and field.
Second-year girls’ soccer coach Lydia von Rumpf is the second varsity mentor to resign this spring. Last month, Cece Lathe stepped down after leading the Warriors to their third straight Nevada 2A state track and field title.
Von Rumpf led the Warriors to a 14-8 season and a postseason berth in 2006. The Warriors upset Northern 3A Sagebrush League champion Spring Creek in a shootout in the first round of the regional tournament. Whittell was eliminated by Incline in the semifinals, leaving von Rumpf’s team one victory shy of qualifying for the state tournament.
“It breaks my heart that I won’t be coming back,” said von Rumpf, who needed to put her own two daughters first when making her decision.
Family commitments would have forced von Rumpf to miss some games.
“It’s not fair to ask the team to make sacrifices around me,” she said.
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The team made a noticeable improvement from von Rumpf’s first season when the Warriors went 4-10 overall, including 0-8 in league play.
“That team is going to be so much stronger next year. I’m sorry I had to leave. I’m envious of that next coach,” von Rumpf said. “I truly believe they are going to state next year.”
Von Rumpf believes the school should be able to attract some high-profile candidates because the next coach will get to work with Hannah Daly, a goalkeeper on the United States under-16 women’s national team.
In addition, Whittell is looking for coaching candidates to fill openings for girls’ JV basketball and JV volleyball.
Interested coaches should contact Ed Perkins at (775) 588-2446.
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