Republic volleyball coach Piper Wright has stepped down after eight years on the job.
Wright is expecting her first child in January, and she says that was a big part of the reason for her decision.
“Starting a family has played a huge role. Coaching a varsity sport takes a tremendous amount of time and energy,” Wright says. “I’m really excited to focus on and spend more time with my growing family as a result of this decision.”
Wright will continue as the physical education teacher at Sweeny Elementary.
“We want to thank Coach Wright for her service and dedication to the Republic volleyball program the last eight years,” says Athletic Director Trevyor Fisher. “We’re excited for her expanding family, and look forward to her still being a part of the Republic School District.”
Fisher says the search for Wright’s replacement will begin next week, with plans to hire a new coach sometime after the first of the year.
Wright came to Republic after a successful tenure at Springfield Parkview. The Lady Tigers won four district championships in her first five seasons, including in 2015, when Republic entered district play with a losing record, but knocked off two 20-win teams (Carl Junction and Carthage) to win the title. The Lady Tigers struggled to losing records in the past two seasons.
“I have loved every minute of my coaching experience at Republic, and I’m looking forward to hearing of the success of the volleyball program in the future,” Wright says. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of such a great athletic community, and I know that Republic Tiger Athletics will always hold a special place in my heart.”