After 14 years as a head coach, Frank Sandomenico is worn out.
Sandomenico will step down as the Spanish Springs volleyball coach at the end of the season.
Sandomenico has coached the Cougars volleyball team for nine years. Before that, he was the Spanish Springs football coach for five years.
“These days, 14 years is a long time to be a head coach,” Sandomenico said.
He pointed out several new volleyball coaches in Northern Nevada and said it’s tough to stick around for so long.
“It’s the non-coaching duties that wear you down,” he said.
He said offseason conditioning and tournaments were some of the non-coaching duties.
Spanish Springs won the league title in four of the past five years, won at least 12 league games in those years, and won state in 2012.
Sandomenico said utilizing techniques from coaching football led to the volleyball teams success. That includes watching film and establishing the same system across all three levels, freshmen, junior varsity and varsity.
“We’ve always had great athletes here,” he said. “It just took someone to build up the program.”
Sandomenico, who will continue to teach U.S. history at Spanish Springs, said he would consider being an assistant coach in a sport at the school.
Spanish Springs is 8-0 this season and will play in the two-day Bishop Manogue tournament, which starts Friday.