Holy Names volleyball coach Kevin Reynolds will not return next season, athletic director Kevin Vargas said Friday afternoon in an e-mail.
"A decision has been made to move our volleyball program in a new direction," Vargas wrote in the email. "AHN wishes Kevin Reynolds well and thanks him for his time and efforts during his three seasons as head coach."
Reynolds said he was "totally shocked" by the news.
"I was given pretty much the same reason, that they were going in a different direction," Reynolds said. "I'm still not 100 percent sure. We just had our banquet a couple days ago, I was talking then about how bright our future was. This season, we lost 6-7 seniors. It was what a lot of people would call a rebuilding year."
Holy Names had one of Hillsborough County's top young teams this past season. The Jaguars were 16-8, losing to Clearwater Central Catholic in the Class 3A-10 semifinals.
Jaguars freshman outside hitter Sidney Brown, who averaged 3.9 kills a game, emerged as one of the area's top hitters.
With three freshman, two sophomores and a junior all earning significant playing time, Holy Names had just one senior in its starting rotation. ..
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)