Gino Johnson, who has coached the girls volleyball team at CVU since it began, announced on Friday, Feb. 10 that he would be stepping down.
He issued this letter to the school, which we’re reprinting in its entirety. When reached for comment to explain his reason for leaving, Coach Johnson said he was preparing to move on as his daughter would be graduating this year.
“The reason that I am stepping down is simply to have the flexibility to do other things next fall,” he said via email. “Coaching the team these past four years has been a fantastic experience, but it is also a huge time commitment.”
Jeff Boliba, the boys volleyball coach, who with Johnson pushed to get the sport approved as a varsity sport in 2015, said Johnson will be missed.
“I am thankful Gino agreed to help when I invited him in 2013 to help build the volleyball program at CVU,” said Boliba. “He has been great to collaborate with over the past four years to grow the sport at CVU and in Vermont. The accomplishments, record and sport progress Gino helped drive are tremendous.” His letter follows.
After careful consideration these past few months since the end of our season on Nov 5th, I have decided that the time is right for me to step down.
I could not have imagined what a memorable ride I would be in for over these past four years when Jeff Boliba and Dana Poulsen pulled me back into the sport in 2013 after having been completely out of volleyball for 15+ years.
It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to coach such a hard working group of young women and I have so many great memories to take from this experience. I will enjoy looking back on the hundreds of photos and hours of video to remind me of the Senior game introductions, Coaches vs Cancer games, summer camps with Charlie Sullivan and of course the crazy five set matches vs Essex.
[He noted the homemade uniforms the team had in its first year, in a photo he included.]
I have been very fortunate to work with a great group of dedicated and generous coaches in my time at CVU and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Meyer, Mike Detch, Dana Poulsen, Paul Morgan “Morgy”, Bob Hill and Chris Boget for their time and energy to help grow the program from 15 girls in 2013 to 45 girls across three full teams in 2016. I am proud of what we were able to collectively accomplish with an overall varsity record of 57-3, four straight state championships and successfully working with the VPA to have volleyball sanctioned as a Varsity sport.
I would also like to send a big thank you to Shep and the CVU Administration for their tremendous support of the program.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family including my two daughters Anna and Lauren for putting up with me as their coach and my wife, Margo, for supporting a whole lot of volleyball in our lives these past few years.
I look forward to cheering you on from the other side of the court next fall!