Eureka College athletics
Eureka College baseball coach Craig Gerdes and volleyball coach Sandi Kelley each recently announced their resignations. Both coaches cited family reasons, said Eureka College athletic director Paul Bryant.
Bryant said Gerdes would like to have more time to care for his parents, and Kelley just got married earlier this year.
“I hate to lose them, but I understand their commitments to their families,” Bryant said. “These are part time jobs, but the year round recruiting and other responsibilities takes its toll.”
Gerdes, a member of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame, took over prior to the start of last season and led the Red Devils to a school-record 19 wins and their first-ever SLIAC Tournament appearance. He was also named SLIAC Coach of the Year.
The Red Devils, which featured many freshmen and sophomores, finished 11-25 this season.
“Coach Gerdes was so compassionate and cared so much about his players,” Bryant said. “I don’t know if we will ever replace that. And, he brought so much enthusiasm and leadership to our baseball program ... He indicated in February that he might need to step down after this year. His parents are ill and they need him. I understand that, and I wish him the best.”
Kelley served as head volleyball coach for four seasons and was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading the Red Devils to an eight-win improvement from the previous season.
The Red Devils were 9-23 last season.
“Coach Kelley brought enthusiasm and passion to our program,” Bryant said. “She was always so positive, and we really appreciate her contributions over the past four years.”
Bryant said he would like to have a new volleyball coach in place by July 1, and a new baseball coach by Aug. 1.
He said the college will conduct a national search for both positions.