WAUSAU - After 36 years coaching Wausau West Warriors volleyball, Cathy Newton informed the district of her coaching resignation. Newton says that she will continue to teach in the Wausau school district for another year.
Newton sent this letter to parents:
After 36 years as the head coach of Wausau West Volleyball and a lot of thought, I have decided to resign my head coach’s position. This is a very difficult decision for me, but I think the time is right. On the volleyball side, it feels like a natural time to make a transition to new leadership. After the uncertainties of the past year, I think someone with a lot of energy and a vision for growth will have the opportunity to continue traditions or to make new traditions within the program. I have been fortunate to work with great players and great families. I’ve been blessed with assistants and administration that shared the same vision and passion for the sport. I’ve had the opportunity to work with fantastic student athletes and multi-sport athletes. I’ll miss working with my returning athletes, but I will be able to see them grow into their roles next fall. I know they’ll do fine without me, but I’ll miss the daily contact in the season with truly genuine and great kids. I look forward to watching current and future graduates in playing, coaching, officiating, parenting and career roles. It truly is one of the best rewards of coaching. Volleyball has been a part of my life for my entire teaching career, marriage, kids, and now into the next phase. I know I will really miss it and all of you, but I am looking forward to seeing summer and fall outside of the gym. Mr. Miller and Mr. Steckbauer will begin the process of finding a replacement. I’ll still be here to answer questions and help throughout the next year as needed. I’ll continue to teach in the business and marketing department for another year yet. Leading into this decision was a really busy week that included the purchase of a lot, sale of our home, and the beginning of planning the building of our retirement home over the next year. I want to be an active part of the planning of that journey. That coupled with planning a wedding reception for my son and his new bride on a volleyball Saturday in October make my decision a little easier. The volleyball program deserves my full commitment, and I think I would be pulled in too many directions this summer and next fall to be an effective leader for the program or coach for the athletes. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way! I have so many great memories. It’s too hard to even begin to list them all. I look forward to watching the program grow and to being the number one Warrior volleyball fan. Thanks for your part in helping to make being a varsity volleyball coach a great experience. I’ll be a Warrior Volleyball fan forever and always available to my present and past players. Stop in and visit.