Glenwood Springs loses volleyball coach |

Glenwood Springs loses volleyball coach

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent Glenwood Springs volleyball player Billie McCauley listens while then-Demon head volleyball coach Scott Nykerk talks to his team during a match last season. After three years as Glenwood's head coach, Nykerk resigned his post to spend more time with his family.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Feeling the need to get more time in as a father and a husband, Glenwood Springs High School volleyball coach Scott Nykerk has resigned his coaching position with the Demons.

The three-year head coach, who also served as an assistant with Glenwood for five years under former Demon head coach Denise Greene before that, will continue to teach science at the school.

“I just need to spend more time at home. I have two little ones,” said Nykerk, whose kids are 2 and 5 years old. “It will be nice to have more time at home.”

Nykerk led the Demons to the playoffs two of the three years he was at the helm of the squad. In 2005, Nykerk and his senior-laden team that included current University of Tennessee starting outside hitter Leah Hinkey, went all the way to the Class 4A state tournament after going 13-1 in the Class 4A Western Slope League. The team finished the year with a 24-5 overall mark.

In 2006, Glenwood narrowly missed the postseason after a Colorado High School Activities Association mix-up had them out of the playoffs and then in and then back out again.

In the fall, the Demons went 5-9 in league and 9-10 overall to qualify for the postseason. Glenwood was later knocked out in the district tournament.

Even though he won’t be calling the shots anymore, Nykerk still plans on watching the volleyball team play next season.

“I will still be their biggest fan. I plan on being at most of their games,” he said. “Every year I have taught here, I have coached. You get to see a whole new side of the kids than you do in the classroom. I’ll miss that part.”

Nykerk said his assistants Jocelyn Anderson and Julie Leaf are still planning on staying with the team as Glenwood searches for a new head coach.

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