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Longtime Mount Ayr volleyball coach, Tori Braby, tendered her letter of resignation to the Mount Ayr school board Monday night.
Braby cited “personal agendas and politics” as reasons for her resignation stating “I feel defeated, defeated by parents and politics and the fact that me standing my ground on what I believe in has resulted in me being down right pushed out of my job.”
For seven years Braby has been the headcoach for the volleyball team, earning a record of 126-85, 10 more wins than the combine wins the previous 10 years before her. She also coached the Raiderettes to three Pride of Iowa Conference championships.
In the letter, Braby says that “success has not been enough for the politics of coaching and the parents.”
Braby says she has been “yelled at from the stands, jumped outside the locker room after losses and tape recorded without her knowledge during a coaches and players meeting.”
Braby has grown up on the court, her dad being longtime Murray volleyball head coach Jerry Shields.
Braby says the negativity toward her has affected her personal mental health and the ability to raise her daughter.
“A wise man told me its better to step down, then continue to get beat down,” said Braby. “I do want to thank coach Showalter for always supporting my program, myself and being a positive mentor. Also to Mr. Huntington for your support dealing with rough situations the last two years.”
Braby also mentioned in her letter, that she will be available to help the new coach with all that he or she needs to continue to build upon the foundation that she built.