TORONTO (February 20, 2019) – After three seasons with the Seneca Sting, Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Shane Christopher is stepping down.
“My time with the Sting has meant more to me than I even realized it would when I was hired. I have had the opportunity to have amazing coaches by my side, supporting me, challenging me to be the best I could be. The athletes I’ve had the privilege to work with have shown me tremendous support and believed in me from day one.”
Under Christopher’s leadership, the Sting compiled a record of 26-28. Christopher’s teams made the OCAA playoffs in each of his first two seasons following identical 10-8 records.
Fittingly, on the heels of Family Day Weekend, it was the opportunity to spend additional time with his family which led to Christopher vacating his post.
“Deciding to step down has been a very tough decision and I’ve gone back and forth for some time now. I’m leaving a sport that I love, one that has made me the person I am today. With that being said, I have a young daughter who has ‘loved her Dadda being the coach’, but we are at the point where I’m beginning to miss things that are happening with her. As much as I value coaching and being a part of the athlete’s lives, my little girl is where my time needs to be. I will miss coaching, but I look forward to the time and memories with my little girl.”
One of the greatest achievements of Christopher’s tenure was the graduation rate amongst his players. Christopher saw three players graduate from his 2016-17 team, a record eight in 2017-18 and another four this past season.
With a young team this season, the Sting started slowly before stringing together four straight wins to get into the playoff picture, ultimately falling short in a four-team tie breaker.
John Sharpe, Manager of Athletics and Recreation worked closely with Christopher his first two seasons as the Women’s Volleyball coordinator.
“We wish Shane nothing but the best and are happy to hear that he will be spending more time with family. He made an impact not only his players, but also on the entire Sting Family. The student-athletes learned a great deal from him and are better volleyball players and, most important, better people for having the opportunity to play for Shane.”
The Sting wish Shane all the best in his future endeavors.
The Sting open the regular season in October with tryouts commencing the second week of September.
The search for a new Head Coach will begin immediately.