YORK, PA – Longtime York College head volleyball coach Sue DuMars has announced she will be stepping down as head coach effective at the end of the fall semester.
DuMars, who recently completed her 19th year at the helm of the program, has accumulated a school-record 345 wins during her tenure in York.
DuMars concludes her Spartan career as a three-time Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Her Spartans captured the 1997 Capital Athletic Conference championship and earned the school's lone NCAA Tournament berth.
DuMars felt it was time to step aside.
"I have been involved in intercollegiate athletics for over 25 years and I felt it was time to step aside," said DuMars. "The demand of being a collegiate coach at a high level is so all encompassing. I want to have the ability to spend more time with my family."
Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia appreciates DuMars' contributions to York College over the last 19 years.
"As a devoted member of our coaching staff for many years, Sue made a significant contribution to our Volleyball program and to York College Athletics, as a whole. She did far more for us than simply coach her team--her work ethic and support of all our programs and her fellow coaches was exemplary. As one of our veterans, Sue understood where we came from and remained very grounded as we grew. That recognition and experience are a product of loyalty, and cannot be replaced. I know her decision to step away was a difficult one, but she is confident that it is time. So while we are challenged with moving forward, we are happy for Sue, appreciative for all she has done, and excited for her as she turns to a new chapter."
DuMars recruited and coached 13 players who earned a combined 15 first team All-CAC honors and 12 second team All-CAC honors. That number includes two-time CAC Player-of-the-Year Kerry Casperson. Casperson is just one of two Spartans all-time who have been named the Player-of-the-Year twice in any sport in York College history. The Spartans have seven 20-plus win seasons under the guidance of DuMars. DuMars recruited and coached all seven of the Spartans major career record holders.
DuMars earned conference coach of the year awards in 1997, 2002, and 2013.
"I have enjoyed my time as the York College head volleyball coach. My family has grown up during my time as head coach. I don't think I ever expected to spend 19 years at York but it was such a great experience. I have had the pleasure of coaching so many great players, and more importantly, great people. It was a great environment to work in and I am very thankful for all the people I had the pleasure of working with during my time there."
DuMars served on a number of professional committees during her time as the York College head coach. She was a member of the NCAA Regional Ranking committee and advanced to serve on the Division III National Volleyball committee in 2010. DuMars also spent over eight years as the volleyball committee chairperson in the Capital Athletic Conference.