Missy Bennett resigns

State coaching Hall of Famer will be hard to replaceOne of the most successful coaches in the history of Colville High School athletics has tendered her resignation.Missy Bennett, who led Colville High to the 2011 State 1A volleyball championship and to a fourth place finish at the 2012 State 2A Tournament at Pierce College in Lakewood, announced earlier this week that she is resigning a post she has held for 27 seasons.Bennett, who hinted after the Indians finished their state tournament run at Pierce College that 2012 might have been her final season at the CHS helm, has made it official.‘Commitment’In a letter of resignation to CHS Athletic Director Kelly Carr, Bennett said that she has enjoyed the ride immeasurably.“I have immensely enjoyed the past 27 years of coaching,” Bennett said, adding “I don’t feel that I have the necessary energy or commitment to continue the program at the level of expectation that I have set for myself.”Bennett’s Indians finished 32-3 this season and won Great Northern League and District 7 titles en route to the fourth place finish. Her 2012 CHS team went unbeaten through the GNL this fall, never losing a match, much less a game. The Indians also went unbeaten in winning Northeast A League championships two years running before being bumped back up to Class 2A.Bennett’s teams have won more than 600 matches in a stellar career that culminated last month when she was named (at the 2A State Tournament) to the Washington Coaches’ Hall of Fame.Bennett thanked Carr for his work as CHS AD and for “allowing me to worry only about coaching…and how you have deflected so many issues and problems away from me so I just had to focus on my team. You really have enabled me to continue to coach much longer than I thought I could.”No announcement about a successor to Bennett has been made, although Bennett has indicated that assistant coach Ann Cecil could be a logical choice.Bennett has always indicated that she’s been “very lucky” to have coached at Colville. “I have had great kids and great parents who bought in to what we were trying to do,” Bennett has said. The 2012 Indians lose four seniors who all may play volleyball in college. But there is also a solid nucleus of returning talent that will make Colville and whoever succeeds Bennett as head coach successful in the GNL next fall.