McAvoy trades volleyball for family time

Amy Boldt
Carlyn McAvoy stepped down as the GHS?volleyball coach.

After nine years on the bench for the Geneseo High School volleyball team, head coach Carlyn McAvoy has decided to hang things up and focus on her family.

“Many things made me make the decision to resign,” said McAvoy. “But my family is the most important and I have four kids 9 and under. My family schedule was in direct conflict with volleyball. I would have to miss my girls’ stuff on a Thursday because I would have to go to Ottawa.”

Even though she will be able to spend more time at home and with her family, McAvoy stated it was also hard to leave her other girls (her team).

“It was heartbreaking for me,” said McAvoy. “When you are passionate so much about something, it is my baby, I built it, it is hard to hand it over to someone else, it kind of made me queasy. But Rachel Hufford will do a nice job and I felt as comfortable as I could giving it to her.”

McAvoy has toyed with the decision to resign for the last four years as her daughters are getting older and more involved in school activities.

“My girls were a little sad because they like hanging around the high school girls and that’s all they’ve ever known me as,” said McAvoy. “But when they realized they would have their mommy around they were pretty happy.”

When McAvoy broke the news to her volleyball girls a lot of jaws dropped.

“Nobody saw it coming, the girls were shocked,” said McAvoy. “They know how passionate I am and how much I love the game, but understand why. You won’t find someone who loves the game and coaching as much as I did.”

McAvoy, being the competitive person that she is, commented she is going to miss so many things about coaching. One of the things she is going to miss the most is the a ha moments with her players.

“Seeing the moment when they get it and just the teaching moments,” said McAvoy. “I love this game.”

McAvoy stated that she is not going to miss the work and preparation it takes to do everything, all the preparing for practices and summer leagues.

Now in her free time, McAvoy is planning on spending time with her family.

“We are building a house in October and we also farm 500 acres, so I plan to be more involved in that,” said McAvoy. “I also want to be involved in my girls’ schools and just be a mom. But I do plan on getting involved with the club team.”