The landscape of Indiana high school volleyball will be forever altered this fall, as legendary coaches Jean Kesterson and Wes Lyon have retired.
Kesterson, affectionately known as “Coach K,” announced her retirement in January following a 28-year stint as head coach at Indianapolis Cathedral. Coach K, PrepVolleyball.com’s National Co-Coach of the Year in 2015 following the Irish’s undefeated national championship campaign, leaves with an 874-175 career record. Cathedral won eight state titles during her tenure, including last fall when the Irish won back-to-back for the first time in school history.
“It was a very hard decision but it came down to a principle of mine – ‘Always give your best effort,'” said Kesterson. “My team deserves my best effort, but at the young age of 64 and after heart surgery, I felt that I didn’t have the energy to give what they deserve. I can do 60 hour weeks, but I have trouble with the 80 hour weeks.
“I will truly miss the time with all of the players in the program. I will miss watching them grow from skinny, scared freshmen to incredible young adults ready to take on the world. It has been a gift and a privilege to work with such a dedicated coaching staff, some wonderful parents and the wonderful network of dedicated volleyball coaches.
“I have a number of projects I want to accomplish in the next few years. I especially want to enhance our business department with some new offerings starting with a new broadcast class next year! God has many more adventures for me.”
In March, assistant coach Dee Dee Galligher was announced as Coach K’s successor.
Lyon announced his retirement yesterday after 38 seasons combined as head coach at Muncie Southside and Muncie Central. Lyon, who has been head coach at Central for the past 14 years, has two state titles, four runner-up finishes and a 425-91 record in his 14 seasons with the Bearcats. Lyon is one of the directors of Munciana Volleyball Club.
A successor to Lyons has yet to be named.