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Volleyball Coach Quits Over Pressure From Parents

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 A high school volleyball coach in Iowa is stepping down over pressure and criticism from parents.

Tori Braby has a winning record at Mount Ayr High School but said the politics of being a coach has affected her quality of life.

"I've had a parent send me about 22 emails in one day upset that her student wasn't playing," Braby told the local CBS affiliate, adding that parents have complained to her at local stores and waited outside restaurants where she was dining.

Braby has led her team to three conference championships and in seven years won more games than the previous 10 years combined.

The Mount Ayre Community School District athletics director Delwyn Showalter said he’s sad to see Braby leave but understands why she’s stepping away from the game.

Showalter echoed reasons heard recently across the country for coaching shortages, including poor pay, scheduling conflicts and the negativity from adults attending sports events.

"I have a list right now of probably eight or 10 coaching positions for next year,” Showalter said. “Tory adds one more to the list. And who's going to want to take those jobs.”

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