By Leila Dycus intern

Morgan County High School (MCHS) Athletic Director Steve Cisson announced last week that MCHS teacher Pam Hooten is resigning as the school’s head volleyball coach. “I am leaving an excellent program with a strong team, which ranked eight overall last season and we only graduated two starters,” said Coach Hooten.

“I am at a stage with my knowledge of the game that I can’t take them to the level that they need to be taken to. The game is very different than the one I played 30 years ago in college” “I’ll just miss the closeness of being there, the friendships,” continued Hooten. “I’m not leaving, I’ll still be there to watch them play. I’ll still see them in the school setting. That bond will be different, but I’ll form new bonds with them.” “Pam has done a wonderful job with our volleyball program,” said Cisson.

“She started the program and has brought it to a level where we consistently make the play-offs. She is one of the top volleyball coaches in the state and the program will miss her.” “Since 2006 when the program started, the involvement of the community, parents, girls and support from the school has grown,” said Hooten. “I just want to thank everyone for the honor of being part of that, and I wish everyone luck in the future. We will find the right coach and our program will continue to grow.”