Oct. 27, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University volleyball associate head coach Rita Buck-Crockett announced Thursday she will resign at the end of the season to pursue a long-awaited dream to coach youth athletes in North Florida.
Buck-Crockett, who has been on the Seminole bench for the last two seasons, arrived in August of 2004 from the University of Iowa where she served as the head coach from 1998-2003. Her new position will be the Director and Coach at North Florida Academy, which includes volleyball club opportunities for both girls and boys.
“I cannot explain how ecstatic I am,” said Buck-Crockett, who was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Volleyball teams. “I have always longed to coach youth in the community full-time and I’m extremely happy an opportunity of this nature fell in my hands. It is difficult for me to walk away from this position, but I feel this is in my best interest, personally and professionally.”
“Rita’s love for the sport of volleyball is exemplary,” said FSU head coach Todd Kress. “She is a role model and mentor to many local youths through camps, coaching, clinics, and special projects. Rita has been an important part of our program the last couple of years and we wish her nothing but the best.”