Even a second consecutive run to the Division III state tournament didn’t change Ready girls volleyball coach Mike Kusan’s mind. He announced his resignation after six seasons at the team’s postseason banquet.
Kusan’s daughter, Karley, is a senior who will play for the University of Akron next year. He also has three other children, including two who are involved in sports at the youth level.
“I met every goal I set as a head coach, and with my (son Jude’s) flag football team and with Karley going to Akron, it’s going to be impossible to keep (coaching Ready volleyball),” Kusan said. “I probably made as much money as the middle school volleyball coach as I did at Ready and I work for two and a half months in middle school and seven months for high school volleyball. I kind of got burned out a little bit. I don’t get to Ready until 4:30 (p.m.) every day. It’s just the right time.
“I need to spend more time with my family. My wife coaches at Pleasant View and we haven’t been able to go on a vacation. I may come back and coach again when my kids are a little older.”
Kusan took over a Ready program that had gone 74-110 from 1999-2006 and transformed it into a state power. The Silver Knights went 114-44 under Kusan and were a state semifinalist in 2011 and the state runner-up this season.
For more on this story, read the Dec. 13 of ThisWeek Community News.