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Garry Maskaly resigned from his position as the head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball program Thursday.
Maskaly, who took over the program in 2008 after the departure of Diana “Deedi” Stokes, said he wanted to spend more time with his young son, Matthew, and continuing coaching wasn’t conducive to that goal.
“Matthew’s 17 months old now,” Maskaly said. “He’s changing so fast. Between my work picking up a lot, all these changes, last year was hard and next year will be even harder.”
Since joining the program in 2008, Los Alamos won four consecutive District 2-4A championships and advanced to three straight Class 4A semifinals.
Maskaly informed the team at their annual banquet Thursday night that he would not be returning.
Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms received word of Maskaly’s resignation late Thursday night.
“I wanted to make my decision about what I was doing by the volleyball banquet,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in January thinking about it and a lot in early February thinking about it. It wasn’t one thing in particular…but something had to give and volleyball was that thing that would have to slide.”
Prior to joining the Hilltoppers, Maskaly was the head coach at Española Valley. He took that program, which had been lagging for several seasons, and returned the Sundevils to prominence in Class 4A.
The Sundevils actually defeated the Hilltoppers for the District 2-4A title in Maskaly’s first season coaching at Los Alamos before the Hilltoppers strung together their current streak of 2-4A championships.
Maskaly said the 2012 season would’ve been considerably tougher without the help of his assistant coaches and hopes the program will continue on its current path.
“I want the program to be successful,” he said. “It was a very, very hard decision. Coaching is something I love. We’ve done a lot with the program…and I want to see that continue.”