Grove City girls volleyball coach Alan Pham has stepped down after 12 seasons.
The Greyhounds reached a Division I district final this fall as the 14th seed, losing to top-seeded Olentangy Orange 25-14, 25-21, 25-17 on Oct. 26 to finish 15-9 overall.
Grove City went 6-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division to finish third behind champion Gahanna (10-0).
Under Pham, the Greyhounds went 203-89 and won district titles in 2013 and 2014 and league titles in 2013, 2014 and 2018.
“It was a difficult decision, but it felt like the right time for it,” he said. “There’s a big returning group of talented players and the program is in great position for a transition and immediate success. I’ve enjoyed my journey with this program and I’ll miss it for sure.”
Pham has coached several standout players, including senior outside hitter Molly Michalak, who was named league Player of the Year last season after she helped the Greyhounds earn a share of the title with Pickerington Central at 8-2.
Michalak, who was first-team all-district and all-league this season, will play at Eastern Kentucky.
“The school is very disappointed that coach Pham is leaving the volleyball program,” athletics director Kris Sander said. “He has established himself as one of the most respected coaches in the sport and within the athletic department. Coach Pham has always exemplified what it means to be a coach with high standards, solid coaching methods and a philosophy that helps to grow student-athletes. It will be very difficult to replace him.”