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Reynolds resigns his volleyball post

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LAHS > Coach needed more time to spend on job, family obligations

By Mike Cote

Things were getting a little hectic for Robin Reynolds. Something had to give.
That something ended up being his volleyball head coaching position.
Reynolds stepped down from his post Thursday, giving several reasons why it would be tough for him to continue leading the program.
“It turns out God had other plans for me,” he said. “I’m going to be taking care of my mom, who’s had some medical care needs.”
Both Reynolds’ mom and his sister are in need of medical care and he’s trying to help out both of them. Additionally, he said, he’s recently received more responsibilities with his day job at Los Alamos National Laboratory and that is also eating away at his time.
Los Alamos High School’s athletic department, which made the announcement Thursday afternoon, said it would start looking for another head coach immediately.
It was a relatively short stay for Reynolds in the top job. He took over less than a calendar year ago for Garry Maskaly, who resigned in February 2013, also citing family reasons.
In his one season with the Hilltoppers, Reynolds led them to a 13-9 record and a berth into the state Class 4A tournament in November. The Hilltoppers fell out in the first round of direct elimination play to Santa Fe, their district rivals.
Reynolds said it didn’t come as a surprise to him that he would have to step down, given the challenges he was facing, but, despite those challenges, Reynolds said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the job in the future.
“I would love to if the opportunity comes and if the home situation changes,” he said. “I would love to come back and work for the school. It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with these girls and work with (athletic director) Vicki (Nelms).”
Nelms is shaping up to have a busy spring in terms of hiring personnel.
Reynolds is the second head coach to step down this month after boys basketball coach Fil Dominguez abruptly left his post Jan. 6 and was replaced by interim coach Mike Kluk.
Prior to taking over the head coaching position, Reynolds was a longtime assistant. His daughter, Rachel, is scheduled to return to the program as a junior next season.
Reynolds said that, despite being a little bummed out he had to leave, he feels Los Alamos volleyball should be ready for the next coach to step in and get things going forward quickly.
“The program is going in a good, positive direction,” he said.