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April 28, 2014

Ellis calls it quits as Lady Jackets' head hoops coach

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

WILLIAMSBURG — The position of head coach of the Williamsburg Lady Yellow Jackets has officially been posted as open after the resignation of Andrea Ellis.

Ellis, who resigned last week, had been at the helm of the program since the 2010-11 seasons, following longtime coach Jim Rains.

The Lady Yellow Jackets won several big games under Ellis, but never seemed to get on track, finishing last in the district all four years of her tenure.

Ellis said she would like to return to coaching some day, but was quick to point out that her personal life has taken a backseat since she took the job and that was something she wanted to change.

“I’m 30 years old and to be honest, I want a family someday and I want to do that kind of stuff,” Ellis said. “When you’re teaching and coaching, you’re spending 16 or 17 hours a day on the job, having a personal life is hard to do.

“I love teaching and of course I intend to continue doing that, which makes it a little easier to step down I think,” she added. “I’ll still be around the program and I’ll still be at the school, which means I’ll have contact with the kids on a daily basis.”

As the search begins, Williamsburg Athletics Director Gary Peters said he’s hopeful that the opening attracts some quality candidates.

“Andrea (Ellis) is a top-notch person and educator and she’s going to be hard to replace,” Peters said. “She really wanted to win, but more importantly, she was intent on turning out quality kids

“She’ll continue to teach here, but her qualities are what we’ll look for in the next coach here at Williamsburg High School,” he added.

 

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