Stucky Resigns as Lady Plainsmen Volleyball Coach
A second head coaching position is available at Laramie High School. Jill Stucky has resigned her position as head volleyball coach.
Jill Stucky told KOWB in a phone interview that her reason for leaving was very personal.
"To be honest with you, having two head varsity coaches in the same family is very taxing on our time. We have three small children, and (being a head coach) it's very, very time consuming."
Stucky's husband, Kyle, is the head coach for the Laramie Lady Plainsmen basketball program.
Jill said that when you factor in running open gym, strength and condition during the off-season, camps and clinics, it adds up quickly and is just to a point that it's overwhelming for her family dynamic.
She added, "I've been coaching for 18 years now; been coaching everybody else's kids; I think it's time for me to settle in and coach my own. I'm excited to do it."
Stucky was hired in May of 2013. She went 18-48 in two full seasons as the Lady Plainsmen volleyball coach. That included a 4-16 record in 4A East Conference matches.
In her first season, Laramie finished 10-25 overall in 2013. The Lady Plainsmen were fourth in the conference with a 3-7 mark. They qualified for state by winning two matches against Sheridan and Cheyenne South at the regional tournament.
At the 2013 state tournament, Laramie lost their opening round match to eventual state champion Natrona County in three sets. The Lady Plainsmen bounced back with a five-set victory over Evanston in their first consolation match. On day three, they lost to Cheyenne Central in four.
Stucky said, "I absolutely loved making it to the state tournament. That was really fun for us... From where we started in-season to where we got to all the way at the end of the state tournament, I feel like we maxed out the potential for that group."
Last season, LHS was 8-23 and only 1-9 in conference. They ended up fifth in the 4A East and went 0-2 with losses to Sheridan and Cheyenne South at the regional tournament.
With less experience last year, Stucky said, "We came to practice every day, regardless of the outcome of the night before, we came back to train hard and play hard. For me, there's nothing better than a group of girls that wants to play."
Stucky coaches one all-state and three all-conference players in her two seasons. Among them is senior Reilley Baty, who is moving on to play college volleyball at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo.
She also told KOWB she was proud of the growth and development of her players as young women.
"The girls had a place to come every day where they felt safe. They felt like they could grow as people. They could have good self-confidence and grow in their skill."
Laramie High School Athletic Director Bruce Schmidt said Stucky submitted her resignation earlier this week.
"Laramie High School would like to thank Jill for her two seasons as the head coach. Jill modeled more than just being a volleyball coach to the young ladies at Laramie High School. She taught ethics and sportsmanship to our students while maintaining a competitive volleyball program."
The search for a replacement will begin immediately.
The volleyball position joins the boys' basketball position as openings for head coaching spots at Laramie High School.