Eight years and an improved program later, Weimer tends to other responsibilities
KANELAND—For the first time since the 2004 season, Kaneland volleyball will have a new face patrolling the sidelines this fall.
The resignation of eight-year head coach Todd Weimer deems it necessary.
A new coach was expected to be named this month.
Weimer leaves the perch after a letter of resignation and his team’s first sectional playoff appearance.
The Harter Middle School teacher will keep his teaching responsibilities but will no longer have to juggle different teams and different schools, having been the boys volleyball head coach at St. Charles North High School.
The husband and father of a 2-year-old daughter felt the decision came together fairly quickly.
“It all happened fairly fast, but I was carefully thinking about everything,” Weimer said. “Everything probably started in the middle of June. I was out of town for several weeks with my family and really started to realize how much I was missing out. The spring season at St. Charles North was such an incredible journey. Getting third in State with the boys team was just unbelievable and such a great group of players, coaches, managers and parents.”
Weimer’s teams struggled out of the gate early on but cultivated area talent to beat Geneva for the first time in 19 years back in 2010, and hoisted a regional plaque at Hampshire last October after beating rival Sycamore.
Regardless of where the Lady Knights finished last fall, Weimer said he feels it wouldn’t have influenced the summer decision.
“I’m pretty confident that whether we lost right away, won Sectionals or State, my decision would be the same. Family is important to me. I hope that people know that I’m a family man,” Weimer said.
The girls volleyball program earned its first winning season under Weimer in 2010-11 (19-14) and has won 61 matches in its last three seasons.
That’s compared to seven matches won from 2005-08.
“I became relaxed in a few things, but still defensive-oriented on the court. I was coming off fresh from the USA Deaf National Team, played club ball at NIU, and had a lot of high-level training and coaching,” Weimer said. “Being able to mold that and adjust to teach and work with the younger kids was important. I’ve always been intense and would fight for every point. I’ve become more relaxed in that and just keeping that excitement inside until after we won the match.”
Weimer said it’s too early to tell on a return to the girls volleyball landscape.
“I can see myself getting back into head coaching, but when you have kids and you want to see them enjoy life, dance lesson, playing sports, and attending family functions, you just want to be a part of that,” Weimer said.
The longtime sideline presence leaves behind a program with the arrow pointed up and a total record of 97-158.
“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles, especially those first three seasons, not a lot of success and a lot of frustration,” Weimer said. “But I wouldn’t trade any of that in, it’s all part of the rebuilding process and the journey and I’m very happy to be a part of that.”