Coyne steps down as head coach of Raiders

Navarre head girls basketball coach Jackie Coyne has resigned. She has also stepped down as a teacher as well.

“It’s my time to be out,” Coyne said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “I just think my time is best served enjoying time with my family and spending my energy to make a difference in their lives.”

Coyne’s daughter, Alex, is a senior point guard at the University of West Florida in Pensacola and that was part of the reason Coyne made the difficult decision that she did. 

“I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve done it at the cost of my family,” Coyne said. “I’ve missed a lot of things with my family, including my daughter playing in college. You only get one chance. It’s selfish and I didn’t want to do it at this point, but it’s something I had to do.”

Coyne was hired in June of 2015 after going 56-19 in four seasons at Lake Placid and quickly turned the Raiders into a winning program. She guided Navarre to 17 wins and a district championship, a stark contrast to the two-win season Navarre endured the year prior to Coyne’s arrival. The district title was the first in program history for the Raiders.

She started this season with only two seniors, though, and knew the year ahead would be a challenging one, although she was optimistic that by January and February, the Raiders would be playing their best basketball.

But upon a return from a trip with her husband earlier this week, Coyne announced she was stepping down and met with her team Monday. She said she considered stepping away a year ago but stayed with the job because her team was having so much success.

“I talked with team after I got back to town,” Coyne said. “I feel bad I let my seniors down. I’m not a quitter. I did quit this and that should speak volumes (about my decision).”

Speaking of decisions, no decision has been made on when a new coach will be hired. For the time being, the assistant coaches will handle the coaching duties for the varsity team.

Read more in the Dec. 1 edition of the Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

 

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