FORT MILL --
After five years at the helm, Fort Mill High volleyball coach Melanie Jaehnen has resigned.
Jaehnen resigned last week coming off her squad’s first round loss to Blythewood in the 4A playoffs. She compiled a 68-42-1 record over her five seasons – each one including a playoff berth.
On several occasions, the Lady Jackets made it to the second round of the state playoffs, but couldn’t get over the hump to advance.
Fort Mill struggled this year, finishing fourth in Region III-AAAA and ended the season with a 10-15-1 record.
“This is just something I needed to do for myself,” Jaehnen said.
“It has been hard the last few years trying to balance everything. I feel like teaching is becoming more demanding on my time. This was not an easy decision and it was an emotional one as well. I will miss coaching at Fort Mill. It is an amazing school with an amazing student body and administrators. I know the program will continue to do well and I look forward to being a spectator of the sport in the years to come.”
Jaehnen, who teaches in the Rock Hill School District at Belleview Elementary, coached the Fort Mill JV squad for five years before taking over the varsity job in 2008.
Fort Mill Athletic Director Dwayne Hartsoe said he appreciated the job Jaehnen did.
“We appreciate the hard work and dedication she put into the Fort Mill High school volleyball program,” he said. “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Hartsoe said he would like to have a new volleyball coach hired by spring practice.