Truckee volleyball coach keeps her job

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; Truckee’s volleyball coach isn’t going anywhere.

After a lengthy closed-session discussion with legal counsel Thursday, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Steve Jennings said the school board will not make any changes relating to the high school’s volleyball coaching position.

Nicole Annaloro was in jeopardy of losing her job as head coach because a district employee, Erika Murphy, applied for the same position.

Although Annaloro had not resigned or been laid off, she was told that because Murphy is a certified teacher with the district, she would be given priority to lead the program.

The issue was made public when a dozen members of the community spoke in favor of Annaloro during public comments of a June 3 board meeting. After the public comments, Board Member Bill Kraus called for the item to be discussed in closed session at Thursday’s meeting.

Jennings said after the June 3 meeting that during closed session, the Board would seek legal advice regarding the language of an education code that defines who should receive priority in such an instance and#8212; an employee with the district or an off-campus coach who already holds the position.

Both Jennings and Kraus said they could not talk about what was discussed in closed session, including how the Board settled on its decision.

and#8220;That was the direction of the Board,and#8221; Jennings said of retaining Annaloro. and#8220;After talking to the legal counsel, the direction the Board gave was that they wanted to go ahead and continue on the way things are.and#8221;

Asked if the public comments had any bearing on the decision, Kraus said, and#8220;All I can say is that the Board takes into account community input. That’s with any decision …

and#8220;The Board always strives to make decisions in the best interest of children. That’s why we’re called and#8216;Trustees.’ But I can’t talk about particulars because it’s a personnel matter.and#8221;

When contacted after the June 3 board meeting, Murphy said she could not comment because she was scheduled to interview for the coaching position on Wednesday, June 10. David Inns, assistant superintendent of human resources, said Friday that Murphy’s interview was and#8220;put on holdand#8221; pending advice from the legal counsel.

and#8220;I can tell you there were no interviews,and#8221; Inns said.

Annaloro will enter her fourth year as head coach of the Truckee volleyball team. She was voted 3A All-State and Northern 3A All-League Coach of the Year each of the past two seasons, both of which the Wolverines finished runner-up in the state championship.

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