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Kristy Struck, after many successful years as an assistant and head coach of the Cowgirls, says it is time to focus on other things

LON AUSTIN  - Kristy Struck led the Cowgirl volleyball program for four years, winning fourth place at state twice and a league title during the COVID year when no state tournament was held. After 16 years with the program, including four years as the head coach, Kristy Struck has resigned as the head Crook County High School volleyball coach.

Struck announced her resignation shortly after leading the Cowgirls to a fourth-place finish at this year's 4A state tournament. In her four years as head coach, the Cowgirls finished fourth in state twice and lost in the first round of the state playoffs a year ago. The fourth year was 2020 when the Cowgirls won the Intermountain Conference Championship, but the OSAA chose not to hold a state championship.

In addition, Struck was the varsity assistant coach at Crook County during the Cowgirls run of eight straight state championships.

Struck made the announcement by group email to parents of the Crook County High School players.

"As some of you may know, this was my last season as the head high school coach," she said. "I want to thank you all for the amazing years I have had as part of this program. It is hard to believe that I have been doing this thing I love for 16 years. I thank you all for your support, time, and dedication you have had over the years. Your sacrifice and hard work has not gone unnoticed, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to coach your daughters."

Crook County reached the state playoffs in each season that Struck was involved with the program, one of the most successful runs by any sports team in state history.

"There are so many little reasons that I am retiring from coaching," Struck said. "I guess the big one is that coaching has filled my cup up for many years. Now it is time to fill it up with other things – family, art and travel."

Struck will remain on staff at Crook County High School, where she teaches art.

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