Prep Volleyball

Tricia Carty named interim volleyball coach at Iowa City High

She has been as an assistant for the Little Hawks the past 15 seasons

Iowa City High volleyball coach Craig Pitcher encourages his team during a match last season. Pitcher will not coach this season. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa City High volleyball coach Craig Pitcher encourages his team during a match last season. Pitcher will not coach this season. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Tricia Carty, who has served as an assistant volleyball coach at Iowa City High the past 15 seasons, will be elevated into the head role as an interim coach this season.

City High Athletics Director Terry Coleman confirmed Carty’s appointment in an email Wednesday afternoon.

“She is a tremendously well respected and knowledgeable coach,” Coleman said.

Carty will take over for Craig Pitcher, who will not be on the bench this fall.

In a statement released Tuesday morning to The Gazette by the Iowa City Community School District: “District officials were recently provided information pertaining to out-of-season training coordinated by City High School head volleyball coach Craig Pitcher.

“The information received by the District was shared with the state for their review. As the District awaits the outcome of that review, Mr. Pitcher will not be coaching within the City High program for the 2018-19 volleyball season.”

The review does not impact Pitcher’s employment as a physical education teacher.

Pitcher said the district’s statement stands for itself.

“That’s really as much as I can say at this point, until the review is complete,” he said. “As of now, this is a one-year deal. I’m not going to make any conclusions beyond that.”

Pitcher has accumulated a 564-219 career record in 22 seasons, including 463-149 at City High. The Little Hawks captured the 2006 Class 4A state championship, one of their seven state appearances during Pitcher’s tenure. He also coached Cedar Falls NU High to state in 2001.

The Little Hawks were 16-16 last season, return virtually the entire squad and figure to be a contender in the MVC Mississippi Division this fall.

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