Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cibola Coach Walks Away After 25 Years.(Sports)

Byline: JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

* Lack of passion from athletes pushes successful coach to retire

In the end, LaVerne Atler chose to leave leave, not be chased away, an important distinction for reasons that have become depressingly familiar.

"I still have a passion for the game," Atler said last week after announcing her retirement from coaching volleyball at Cibola High School.

"But sometimes," she added, with more than a hint of hesitation in her voice, "I think I'm more passionate than some of my athletes."

And there it is.

After a quarter century that includes tens of thousands of digs, sets and kills, Atler last week stunned Cibola's administration by announcing she was retiring from coaching. …

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