Addie Mack, who coached Guyer’s volleyball team for the past five seasons, will step away from the court but remain at the school as a teacher. David Minton/DRC
Addie Mack said she realized a personal change might be in order as far back as this past volleyball season in the fall, and on Thursday she made it official.
Mack will step away from coaching volleyball at Guyer High School, where she’s led the program for the past five seasons as the second volleyball coach in school history.
Mack said her growing family made the decision to step down from coaching an easy one. She will continue to teach math at Guyer.
“It was a really tough decision,” Mack said. “With me having my new baby — she just turned 1 — I realized that I needed to put more time and energy into my kids. I realized this past season how much I really missed them. I just knew it’d be best for me and my family to put more time into my family.”
Mack’s teams made the postseason the past four years and claimed district titles in the past three seasons, one of which was a co-championship with Trophy Club Nelson.
The Lady Wildcats made their deepest playoff run in Mack’s tenure, and their deepest in the state’s largest classification, in 2014 when they were eliminated in the third round by state powerhouse Southlake Carroll. Guyer lost to Plano in the bi-district round this past season.
Mack said she was emotional while telling her players on Thursday but let them know she’d still be a part of their lives as a teacher at the school. She also said she would step away and let her former assistant, Erin Harden, run the program the way she sees fit.
“It was a hard thing to do,” Mack said of breaking the news to Guyer’s players. “There were a lot of tears and hugs and well-wishes between the kids and myself. That was pretty tough. They at least know I’m on campus still and I’ll still be a part of their lives.
“But I’m also going to step away and let [Erin] Harden do what she needs to do the program and allow her to run it her own way without me interfering.”
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