Todd Weimer won just seven matches combined in his first three seasons coaching the Kaneland girls volleyball program, and went out fresh off an IHSA Class 3A regional championship.
The Knights made drastic improvement under Weimer, who took over the program in 2005 and turned in his letter of resignation last week, informing players Tuesday night after summer league matches.
Weimer, a middle school physical education and health teacher in Kaneland’s district, said he needed to free up time for his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Quinn.
“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do,” Weimer said. “It’s obviously an extremely tough decision just because I bleed black and white and I love Kaneland.”
Weimer will remain as boys volleyball coach at St. Charles North after guiding the North Stars to a third-place state finish in the spring. He will join North’s girls program as JV coach under head coach Lindsey Hawkins but said it was too draining to be a head coach at two schools.
The Knights’ regional title in 2012 was their first in 21 years. Weimer (97-158 at Kaneland) also listed beating Geneva for the first time in 19 seasons and producing several college players among the highlights of the program’s upswing. The Knights went 23-13 last season.
The often emotional coach said it was difficult to tell players of his decision.
“You know you’ve done a good job when those kids seem sad, they say thank you, they shake your hand – they were very receptive,” Weimer said. “Some of them didn’t know and were shocked, some kind of knew what was going on and kind of prepared themselves a little, but they were sad. It’s not like I got run out. Everyone’s on good terms. It just stinks, especially for the seniors. I think it’s tough for them.”