Egbert leaving Titan volleyball program

Papillion-La Vista South High School volleyball coach Gwen Egbert submitted her resignation Thursday. The team learned about her departure first thing Friday morning.

Papillion-La Vista South High School’s highly successful volleyball coach is departing.

The school announced Friday that Gwen Egbert will retire from teaching and coaching at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Athletic Director Jeff Johnson told the team first thing Friday morning about Egbert’s decision, according to a press release from the district. The search for a replacement will begin immediately.

District spokeswoman Annette Eyman said the announcement was made following Egbert’s decision to file her paperwork Thursday. The district’s deadline to participate in its voluntary separation benefit program is Feb. 1.

Egbert doesn’t have any future plans finalized yet, Eyman said. The retirement becomes official once the paperwork is submitted, although it won’t be presented to the school board until next month.

Egbert has taught and coached in the Papillion-La Vista School District for the past 26 years. Teams under her direction have won three national championships, six state championships and seven state runner-up titles.

Papillion-La Vista South’s running record over the past three years was 119-1. During this year’s state tournament, Egbert achieved her 700th win.

“I have always been a goal driven coach and teacher,” Egbert said in a press release. “I believe I have accomplished so many of my goals at the high school level. It is time to move on to new challenges and new goals. I will be pursuing new opportunities in the volleyball world.”

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