Aledo volleyball coach Kathy Goings announced her retirement Monday night, effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year, Aledo athletic director Tim Buchanan said.
Goings has led the Bearcats’ volleyball program for 21 years, never missing the playoffs, compiling a record of 641-200 and guiding three teams to the UIL state tournament.
“Aledo has not only been my home, but my family’s home for the past 21 years,” Going said. “Aledo is a great place to raise your children because of the community involvement and support.
“I have loved every day that I have spent here. I will miss the relationships that I have built with my players over the years more than anything.”
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Goings is retiring from coaching and teaching so she can watch her daughter Madison Goings play in college at Oregon State. She made the decision now so it gives Aledo time to find the best coach for the volleyball program.
Madison was selected as the Star-Telegram Super Team player of the year for 2016.
I have loved every day that I have spent here. I will miss the relationships that I have built with my players over the years more than anything.
Aledo volleyball coach Kathy Goings
Buchanan said he plans to use Goings’ expertise in hiring a new coach, and that she will run the volleyball off-season program until the new coach takes over.
“Kathy will be missed dearly by the students, parents, fans, fellow teachers and administrators,” Buchanan said in an email.
The 2016 squad finished 39-9, losing to Amarillo in the Class 5A Region I final in November. Amarillo won the UIL 5A state title a week later.
The 2012 Aledo team lost the 4A (now 5A) state final to Lucas Lovejoy in four sets, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21, and finished 41-6.
The Bearcats’ other state tournament appearances ended in the semifinals, in 2014 to Lovejoy and in 2001 to Wimberley.