After a good run with the program, St. Vincent head volleyball coach Amy Umfleet has decided to step away from the position. Umfleet spent two seasons as an assistant under Cindy Cissell and the last five seasons as head coach.
Now was the right time to step away.
“The decision came down to family and we are trying to start our own business,” Umfleet said. “It was just time. My kids are going to be going into cross country next year and with cross country and volleyball both being in the fall, it just made sense to step away so that I could watch them.”
In her seven seasons, Umfleet was part of two district title winning teams as an assistant including the 2014 team that finished Class 1 runner-ups.
As a head coach Umfleet reached the district championship game in three of her five seasons. including this past season when St. Vincent fell to Saxony Lutheran in four sets. She will remember her time as a coach with the program fondly.
“That run to state sticks out to me and will be something I always remember,” Umfleet said. “The experience with the girls and the daily interactions with them during the summer and the season is something that not a lot of people think about,” Umfleet said. “That’s seven years of different girls and different teams and groups and personalities. I’m certainly going to miss it.”
Umfleet said that she had thoughts that this past season may be her last at the helm of the program.
“I wanted that district championship even more, because in the back of my mind I knew that this may be my last year,” Umfleet said. “It’s time to move on and let someone else have the job.”
The Lady Indians went 11-17-2 this past season while coming close to that district title, but Umfleet said the final year was one of her more enjoyable in her seven years and gave much of the credit to her senior class.
“This past season I had a good bunch of girls,” she said. “There was bare minimum amounts of drama and the girls worked hard. They went in and did their job and didn’t complain. That shows a lot of dedication and willingness to adapt when I can move them around and they said ‘put me in coach, I’m ready.’ The senior class really stepped up this year and the future looks bright for St. Vincent. The program has a lot of good girls coming up.”
Umfleet won a modest 65 games in her five seasons as coach and felt that she grew every year, not only as a coach, but a person.
“I was pretty high strung on the sideline,” she said. “I probably moved as much as the players did. Over the years, I kind of calmed down because I realized that me running around acting crazy on the sideline wasn’t going to make any thing better. I think I learned and I’m happy with the seven years I was there.
Umfleet did not rule out coming back to the volleyball sideline someday, but for right now, she ready for her next chapter and left some words of wisdom for whoever takes her spot.
“I would just tell that next person to be themselves and be a coach and do what you think is right,” Umfleet said. “It’s tough because there is a lot of things you have to think about with the girls. They have to go in and play and do what makes them successful.”