By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
CORBIN — Her time at the helm of the Corbin Lady Redhounds volleyball program may not have been a very long one, but the past three years have been successful for Liberty Roberts.
Since taking over in 2011, Roberts has led the team to a 76-35 overall record, which included 50th District and 13th Region titles in 2011 and ’12. When all was said and done, Roberts and company posted a 14-5 record in postseason play.
After three years as head coach of the Lady Redhounds, which came after a year as an assistant coach, Roberts said she is hanging up her clipboard, at least for now.
“I just feel like it’s a good time to step away,” Roberts said. “I feel like we have some people in the program that are capable of stepping in to give quality leadership, so I feel like now is a good time to give it up.
“Maybe some day, if the opportunity arises, I would consider coming back, but you never know,” she added. “I will try and stay involved as far as watching games and really, anything that is needed to help the program progress.”
A lot of times coaches are forced out or have to face reality when a program isn’t having the kind of success expected. That’s not the case with Roberts and the Lady Redhounds as she leaves the team on good footing competitively speaking, having won two of the past three 13th Region Championships.
Corbin will have a solid corps of seniors returning (juniors in 2013 season), including juniors Chelsea Brock, Charlotte Hampl and Allison Worthy.
Roberts said the decision to step away was a tough one, but in the long run, family and her teaching career took precedence over coaching.
“I’m getting ready to start working on a principalship program next month, so that’s one reason,” Roberts said. “My whole family lives out of state and then there’s wanting to spend more time with them and my husband, so it’s a combination of things.
“I thought about doing everything for one more year, but I just don’t think I could do it,” she added. “When it comes down to it, that’s all it really is — a matter of having more time to do certain things.”
As for finding a new coach, Corbin Athletics Director Thom Smith said with another big iron in the fire at this point, the search for Roberts' replacement most likely wouldn’t begin right away.
“We’ve got something a little more paramount at the time, but I’m pretty sure once we have a resolution to that, we’ll probably address the other issue,” Smith said.
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