The YME volleyball courts will be faced with coaching staff changes next year. At the Monday, December 7 school board meeting, Head Coach of the Sting volleyball team Stacy Hinz announced her resignation from her coaching position.


The YME volleyball courts will be faced with coaching staff changes next year. At the Monday, December 7 school board meeting, Head Coach of the Sting volleyball team Stacy Hinz announced her resignation from her coaching position.

Hinz explained to the board how tensions between the volleyball parents and her caused her to draw the line and resign from her position.  According to Hinz, she has been facing criticism from parents in regards to her coaching style and about showing favoritism on the bench.

“I have been accused of being too negative and showing favoritism this past season. I am a serious person and when I dedicate myself I do it with passion. To others, this is a fault of mine. To myself and those who truly know me, it is a gift,” explained Hinz.

According to Hinz, parents have been taking their concerns to various school officials, including the Superintendent and the board members. Hinz also explained how during the games, things could get fiery in the stands, with unsportsmanlike behavior from parents.
 

“Did I deserve to be treated by parents with  disdain, intimidation, and had to endure games where fans were screaming at my players and myself routinely?,” she asked.

With this pressure from parents, Hinz was compelled to hang up her coach’s whistle and clipboard and step away from the net. “I tire of the excuse, ‘I can’t stand the coach.’  Ask yourself, would you ever want to be a coach at YME? Have you ever worked with a group of high school aged children in any capacity where you had to make tough decisions, only to be ridiculed by those who have actually never done it themselves? It seems a bit hypocritical,” explained Hinz.

According to Hinz, keeping a head coach on the courts has been an apparent plague affecting the Sting volleyball team. She explained that, “Three years ago, YME found itself once again in need of a head volleyball coach with no applicants.  The continuing revolving door of head coaches that only last a single season to a few that have survived four years should be considered at least a point of conversation by those in leadership. Dr. Clark shared with me that we had four coaches in ten years.”

In the end, Hinz ended her resignation  presentation by stating, “So many people I respect have said, ‘Why do you do it?’ It isn’t worth it.’ Kids, for me, have always been worth it. If only it was just about the kids. Unfortunately, this will be serving as my resignation as the head volleyball coach at YME. Thank you.”

In other news
• The board hosted a Truth in Taxation hearing before the meeting. District Finance Officer LeeAnn Boushek presented information relating to the overall budget and levy referendum that was voted in favor of during the November 3 election were discussed. No comments or questions were given by those in attendance. The board then progressed to unanimously approve the final levy amounts of $2,595,217.02 with a voter approved $300 per pupil unit amount for the 2016 levy before adjourning the hearing.

• The board unanimously approved the creation of a Dakota Language Apprentice position. This position involves acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills from the current teacher to teach the Dakota Language classes in the future.  The position will be paid for through grant funding.

• A unanimous decision was made to buy a Rotor Rooter for the school to use for its own plumbing needs to save costs instead of having to pay for a third party to come in and perform the necessary duties.