Dave Winn has gotten a lot of pleasant emails from the Palo Alto community since he stepped down as the school's girls volleyball coach to take over the girls team at Mountain View.
"The Paly folks were nice about it," Winn said Wednesday. "There are great girls over there."
It was not an easy decision to bid farewell to the program that he coached to two state championships in eight seasons, Winn noted. But the opportunity to coach four blocks from his house was too good to pass up.
"I need to focus on balancing my life with my family," Winn said, pointing out that by the time he got home from practice in Palo Alto, there was "barely a chance to tuck the kids into bed."
By coaching at Mountain View, Winn said, his children (ages 7 and 11) will have the opportunity to even attend practice.
Winn takes over for M. Anthony Chen, who led the boys team at Mountain View to Central Coast Section and Northern California championships this spring and was named Mercury News boys coach of the year. Chen will continue to coach the boys.
"Dave Winn is a great hire," Chen told the Palo Alto Daily News last weekend. "He will bring the Spartans back to prominence. Above all else, he is a high-quality, character guy. If he receives the same amount of support I received from the Spartan program, he'll do an outstanding job."
Palo Alto athletic director Jason Fung said in an email Wednesday that the search for Winn's replacement continues.
Speckman flew to Denver late last week to train with the team, which leaves for Costa Rica on Saturday. The weeklong event starts Monday.
"This group of athletes has the challenge of playing at a high enough level to qualify for the World Championship," U.S. coach Jim Stone said in a statement. "In recent years, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico have all been very competitive. The USA coaching staff is looking forward to getting started and working with all the athletes."
After the championships, Speckman will fly to Minneapolis to compete with her club team at nationals.
Mitty coach honored
Longtime Mitty baseball coach Bill Hutton was inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Sacramento on Saturday.
Hutton just completed his 32nd season, leading the Monarchs to their sixth West Catholic Athletic League championship on his watch.