Last Thursday, CVU girls volleyball coach Gino Johnson met with CVU Activities Director Daniel Shephardson to notify Shephardson of his plan to step down as coach. On Friday, Feb. 10, Johnson emailed students and parents to let them know of his decision. Johnson also provided the following letter to us:
After careful consideration these past few months since the end of our season on Nov. 5, I have decided that the time is right for me to step down.
I could not have imagined what a memorable ride I would be in for over these past four years when Jeff Boliba and Dana Poulsen pulled me back into the sport in 2013 after having been completely out of volleyball for 15-plus years.
It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to coach such a hardworking group of young women, and I have so many great memories to take from this experience. I will enjoy looking back on the hundreds of photos and hours of video to remind me of the senior game introductions, Coaches vs. Cancer games, summer camps with Charlie Sullivan, and of course the crazy five-set matches versus Essex.
I have been very fortunate to work with a great group of dedicated and generous coaches in my time at CVU, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Meyer, Mike Detch, Dana Poulsen, Paul Morgan “Morgy”, Bob Hill, and Chris Boget for their time and energy to help grow the program from 15 girls in 2013 to 45 girls across three full teams in 2016. I am proud of what we were able to collectively accomplish, with an overall varsity record of 57-3, four straight state championships, and successfully working with the Vermont Principals’ Association to have volleyball sanctioned as a varsity sport.
I would also like to send a big thank-you to Shep and the CVU administration for their tremendous support of the program.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family, including my two daughters Anna and Lauren, for putting up with me as their coach, and my wife, Margo, for supporting a whole lot of volleyball in our lives these past few years.
I look forward to cheering you on from the other side of the court next fall!