STHS volleyball coach steps down
South Tahoe volleyball High coach Alan Lambert has resigned after six seasons at the school.
Citing unspecific differences of philosophy with the administration and wearying support from some players’ parents as the basis for his decision, Lambert said the time was right for his departure.
“I never felt I got the support from the school. It’s been a fight for every little thing. And there’s some frustration with some of the parents,” Lambert said. “The timing was right,” Lambert said.
Frank Kovac, South Tahoe High athletic director, said the school received Lambert’s resignation prior to school’s holiday break.
“We have accepted his resignation,” said Kovac, who, like Lambert, chose not to discuss specifics surrounding the issue. “We wish him good luck, appreciate the time he put in and note his successes.”
Lambert’s win-loss speaks for itself. In six years, Lambert posted an 80-22 league mark, with two division titles, two seconds, a third and, most recently, a state tournament berth in which the Vikings finished fifth out of eight teams.
But the former coach maintains that his leaving was agreed upon by both him and the school.
“This year just wasn’t as fun as it was in the past. I didn’t want to (leave) at first. But under the circumstances, it’s probably better. It was a mutual decision,” Lambert said. “It’s difficult because of what we’ve accomplished. From some people, there was definitely no respect at all. It’ll be nice to be free from all of that. It’s time to do other things.
“I’ve had a good time with it. Whoever takes over the team should be on their way to state and possibly winning state.”
Kovac expects the school district to process Lambert’s resignation and post a job opening by sometime next week. As of Wednesday, no prospective candidates had expressed an official interest in the position.
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