Valor Christian volleyball coach Kaitlyn Hastings resigns

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On the heels of leading the program to its first state championship, Valor Christian volleyball coach Kaitlyn Hastings has resigned.

Hastings led the program for the past three seasons, including championship match appearances in the past two. Her Eagles won the Class 5A title last fall, and Hastings was named the 5A coach of the year as part of the all-state teams. She was 71-15 in the three seasons.

In a statement, Hastings said she was stepping away to spend more time with her family. She is expecting her fourth child.

"I have come to the decision that it is the right time for me to step away from coaching for this time in my life," Hastings said. "It is with great peace, though, that I am leaving to attend to the increasing needs of my growing family. As you all know my fourth child is on the way and it would have become very difficult to balance the demands of both my family and the volleyball program."

The school said a search for a new coach would begin immediately.

"Coach Hastings invested greatly into our girls during a crucial time in our programs' history, leading these young women to several tremendous breakthroughs and huge accomplishments," Valor Christian athletic director Jamie Heiner said in a statement. "She is passionate and works extremely hard to get the most out of each student athlete she coaches.

"We are eternally grateful for her contributions to the Valor Volleyball program, especially the relationships she built with others."