Canyon del Oro High School girls volleyball coach Melva Lundy is ready to lead her team into one more state tournament.
Lundy, who is retiring after 20 years as the Dorados’ coach, announced before the season that this would be her last. She wants to spend more time with her family.
“I have 1 1/2 years left teaching and I decided the transition might be better for the kids if I was just around and someone else took over,” Lundy said. “Plus my mom has been ill and I need to help my family.
“It’s time for someone new with more energy than I have to start doing it.
No. 12-seeded CDO will play at No. 5 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor on Wednesday in the first round of the Class 4A Division I state tournament.
Lundy started coaching girls volleyball at CDO in 1989. She took on the boys program in 1992. She won’t coach the boys team in spring 2009.
She has won a combined 15 regional titles at CDO and won state titles with the boys team in 1996 and 1997.
“She makes volleyball fun,” CDO middle setter Sarah Batterton said. “Some coaches get real intense, but she makes it fun and exciting.
“She’s not just the coach to tell us what do do. She looks out for us as an individual and person. She takes time to get to know you and really work with you.”
Eleven girls players and four boys have gone on to play volleyball for NCAA Division I schools after playing for Lundy at CDO.
“It has gone fast, actually, and I’ve had a lot of fun,” Lundy said. “But it’s long hours that people don’t even realize and lots of weekends.”
Lundy said changes have occurred in coaching over the years.
“The athletes have more going on academically and off the court. Athletics aren’t at the top of the list,” Lundy said. “There is not as many kids who care to be a part of athletics.
“I see more conflicts. They have to chose between activities instead of being able to be in everything. I always had a lot of multi-sports athletes. That has really helped us this season.”
Local volleyball teams in the Class 5A and 4A tournaments, with seeds:
5A-I: Tucson High (16)
5A-II: Ironwood Ridge (2), Mountain View (6), Rincon/University (12)
4A-I: Sabino (3), Cienega (6), Catalina Foothills (10), Canyon del Oro (12), Flowing Wells (16)
4A-II: Amphi (1), Catalina (5), Palo Verde (8), Sahuarita (11)