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VOLLEYBALL: Saunders stepping down as BNL coach

Scott Saunders is stepping down after 19 seasons as the head coach at BNL.

Scott Saunders is stepping down after 19 seasons as the head coach at BNL.

Saunders recorded 378 wins

in 19 seasons with program

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports.com

After 19 seasons, Scott Saunders is resigning as the volleyball coach at Bedford North Lawrence.

Saunders recorded a 378-237 record during his successful tenure, and the Stars posted 20-win seasons 11 times during his run. He was also heavily invested in the Limestone Capital Volleyball Club and the Limestone Girls Club programs.

The Stars went 20-13 in 2016, falling to four-time champion Floyd Central in three sets in the first round of the Class 4-A sectional at Jeffersonville.

“I didn’t want wins and losses to affect my decision,” Saunders said. “I was something that was on my mind, and eventually there was going to be a time. I wanted to see whether I was still passionate, still looking forward to it. But it was time. I just felt like it ht me. Now I’m looking forward to sitting in the crowd.”

BNL twice reached 26 wins (2002, 2008) under his command but never won a sectional title. The Stars won their only sectional crown in 1982.

BNL coach Scott Saunders reacts while watching his team on the court. "This is why coaches quit," he said. "Stress."

BNL coach Scott Saunders reacts while watching his team on the court. “This is why coaches quit,” he said. “Stress.”

“For a guy that wasn’t looking to coach, it’s been such a pleasure to be associated with all the people in program, to see kids develop a passion and want to play,” Saunders said. “That makes me proud. I tried to leave a good mark on the community and the kids, so it’s been a good 19 years.

“All the memories kind of bunch into one. I had the pleasure of coaching my daughter, which was great, and we had a lot of really good kids that have grown up to be good citizens.”

Saunders believes he is leaving the program in excellent shape. The Stars lose only one senior starter, although his successor will likely have to replace most of the staff as well.

“I think the program is in good shape,” Saunders said. “We’re leaving a very talented group of kids that could be in the sectional hunt next year. That’s as one of the things that made the decision hard because these are good kids that I care about. But I wanted to leave it to somebody in good shape, I didn’t want it to be in shambles. I want this program to excel and surpass what we’ve done. Hopefully the next coach can get them to do that, and I’ll be the biggest fan when they do.”