Girls Volleyball: Natalie Holder resigns Marist post
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org February 8, 2013 3:04PM
Natalie Holder, the only girls volleyball coach in Marist's history, resigned Thursday from the post she has held since 2002. | File photo
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:42AM
Natalie Holder, the first and only Marist girls volleyball coach, resigned from her position Thursday. She plans to maintain her position as an English teacher at the Southwest Side school.
Holder, 47, said her reason for resigning was to spend more time with her family. Her oldest daughter, Ashley, the 2011 SouthtownStar Girls Volleyball Player of the Year, is a freshman at the University of Akron. Her youngest daughter, Taylor, is a senior at Marist, and a son, Brent, is a freshman.
“I had to look at what’s ahead,” Holder said. “My son is a freshman and he plays football in the fall, and I’m going to have two girls (Ashley and Taylor) playing fall sports in college. That’s three kids who play fall sports. So it’s going to be kind of difficult to see my own kids as it is. To coach other people’s kids ... would be kind of hard.
“And you know, 25 years is a long time. I need to take some time off. I’ve been coaching year-round for a very long time (between high school and club), plus teaching full-time. It’s a lot. I think I need to take a break to kind of slow down a little bit.”
Holder was an assistant under Nancy Pedersen at Mother McAuley for 14 years before starting the program at Marist when the school became coed in 2002. In 11 seasons at Marist, she had a 314-80 record, winning eight regional titles, two sectionals and one supersectional. In 2011, the RedHawks were 37-3, finishing fourth in the state in Class 4A.
Holder’s program has sent athletes to several Division I programs, including Duke, Illinois, Illinois State, Northwestern, Western Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Northern Illinois and Indiana State.
“It was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, the scariest thing I’ve ever done and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” Holder said of her career at Marist. “I didn’t even have anyone to talk to as to what to expect when you start a program from nothing. So it was a huge challenge. But it turned out amazing. I’ve been very fortunate.”