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Head volleyball coach resigns

Katie Dolberry
Head volleyball coach Ryan Mitchell will be leaving the district for the next school year. Mitchell will be the coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy for the next school year.

Head volleyball coach and girls athletic coordinator Ryan Mitchell resigned on May 10 and will officially leave after the school year ends. He plans to take on the role of head coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy and director of operations at Skyline, a local volleyball club.

“I think I officially made the decision last Monday, May 10,” Mitchell said. “First of all, it is really hard. This is kind of home to me, I live in the community and connected to the kids. The kids mean a lot to me. It was a really hard decision and there was a lot of weight on me when I was making the decision.”

During his time at the high school, Mitchell led the volleyball team to seasons of victories including the 2020 state championship along with the team’s undefeated season.

“I think looking back on memories like all the state championships, and it is about the winning, but it is more about the experiences that the kids and the athletes got by winning,” Mitchell said. “Just seeing what this program meant to them, it makes me happy and makes my heart happy that this thing that I have been giving to for years and years has meant something to somebody else.”

Mitchell made the decision to move on to other opportunities to spend more time with his family and continue challenging himself in his career.

“My son plays varsity football, so for the first time, I will be able to watch my kids actually play their sports and just get to be a dad for a season of life,” Mitchell said.

Current players on the team were coached by Mitchell for up to three years. 

“I was really sad when I found out he was leaving,” sophomore Charlotte Wilson said. “He is an amazing coach, but I know that he will do great things at Prestonwood. I hope that the new coach is really nice and involved. Coach Mitchell was really good with talking with us, and I hope the new Coach is like that as well.”

Mitchell formed a bond with the community and students through volleyball, and he has impacted several players throughout his years of coaching.

Mitchell connected with the 35 players on the volleyball team on and off the court.

“Every time he sees me or any other player, or ex-player, in the halls, he makes a point to ask how we are doing,” junior Maddie Smittle said. “He texts us on our birthdays, and we even take turns babysitting for him. He is and always will be so much more than just a coach to me.”

No announcement was made by athletic director Chris Ross about a replacement for Mitchell.

“Honestly, I trust them,” Mitchell said. “They are going to make a good decision. This program is very important to this community, and so I feel like they will choose someone that values this program and knows how to take it to the next level.”

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Beginning her fourth and final year on staff, Audrey McCaffity is more than excited to take on the role of Community Editor. The past four years have been filled with challenges, but TRL has been one constant to look forward to even on the hardest days. McCaffity dedicated lots of time to the varsity basketball team over the past three years and can’t wait to end on a good note her senior season. With the stress of college applications taking up much of her summer, McCaffity looks forward to being back in the stands at a football game wearing her leopard gear and surrounded by her favorite people. If she has learned one thing over her high school career, it is to always plan something to look forward to. McCaffity is determined to make her senior year the best of her high school experience. 
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Heading into her second year on staff, senior Katie Dolberry is excited to take on the role of sports editor and photographer. She would like to pursue journalism as a sports broadcaster. Outside of the newsroom, Katie puts her height and long wingspan to use by playing post in basketball and first base in softball; she is also a part of PALS. More often than not, Katie can be found talking to her Sky Ranch friends or talking about camp in general. If you were to drive past her, you would likely hear her jamming to lots of country music. Katie is also a chapstick addict and has some in her pocket 24/7. Her favorite flavor is candy cane. More things Katie loves include chocolate, bucket hats, throwing the football, Bible journaling, picnics with friends and the sky. Katie cannot wait to see what her second year on staff has to offer.

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