This season will be Spanish Springs volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico’s last.
Sandomenico told Spanish Springs administration, as well as the players, that he will be stepping down at the culmination of this season, his ninth running the program.
“It’s just time,” Sandomencio said.
He said the significant work away from the court was the largest reason for his decision.
“There’s so much to coaching that has nothing to do with the sport,” he said. “For every hour you spend on the court, you spend two hours off the court. That stuff takes a toll.
“I don’t have to think about uniforms, or summer tournaments (now). I can just think about this season. It’s a sense of relief.”
Sandomenico opted to reveal his decision early in the season so his players won’t think it was emotionally driven at the culmination of the year.
Under his leadership, Spanish Springs has compiled a 175-94 overall record, 79-41 in league contests and won a state championship in 2012. The Cougars, now one of the best programs in Northern Nevada, were coming off a winless campaign when he took over.
The Cougars have won 12 or more league games in four of the last five years.
He said growing the program, and establishing connections with the athletes, are the two parts of the job that resonate particularly strong.
“Turning the program around to a really great volleyball program provides a tremendous sense of pride with the staff,” he said. “Another thing is the relationships with the players.”
Led by five strong seniors, Spanish Springs is off to an 8-0 start this year, including a win in the Yerington Memorial Tournament. It was the program’s first regular-season tournament title.