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Schlichting resigns from her volleyball position

Alexandria’s Becky Schlichting encourages sophomore setter Erika Roderick as she comes off the court for a timeout in a match against Marshall on Aug. 29, 2017. Schlichting resigned as the Cardinals’ head volleyball coach after 11 seasons at the helm. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)

Alexandria Area High School is looking for a new volleyball coach for the first time in 11 years, after Becky Schlichting handed in her resignation during the first week of May.

"My main reasons are I am working to further my profession as far as education," Schlichting said. "I just finished up my licensure for my admin degree, so I'm looking into pursuing some different options there and just spending a little bit more time with my family."

Schlichting is an English teacher at AAHS and said she has no plans to leave Alexandria.

"I love it here," she said.

When asked if any issues pertaining to conflict with parents had anything to do with her resignation, Schlichting did not want to attribute that as a reason why she stepped away.

"It's stuff that's been dealt with in the past," she said. "As far as my decision, it was really based on me looking to increase my career and maybe my involvement within schools, which would take into some after-school time as well and the ability to coach anyways."

Schlichting and her husband have two young children that she is excited to spend more time with in the fall, but she said the decision to resign was a difficult one.

She started coaching and teaching in Alexandria right out of college. She still wants to be involved in volleyball through different avenues, but did not know if she would coach again at a varsity level.

Schlichting said she met with players from the team the week she resigned to talk to them about the decision.

"Just a reminder that I really care for them, and me resigning won't define their successes next year," she said. "They're going to be a darn good team, and I'm really looking forward to cheering them on."

The Cardinals are coming off a 16-13 season in 2017 where they won two playoff matches to advance to the Section 8AAA semifinals, before falling to top-seeded Willmar. Schlichting finished her 11 years coaching in Alexandria with a 167-110 overall record.

"There are things you look back on and maybe that you could have done different," she said. "But since I have resigned I've gotten so many current and former players and parents just showing support. That's just a great reminder of why I did what I did for so long and why I'm going to miss it so much. Those messages have been so appreciative and really affirming of the 11 years I put into it."

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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