Rust will no longer rule the nets at Plano

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 8:44 PM
By Kevin Hageland, Staff Writer

PLANO - Plano Volleyball Head Coach Rhonda Rust said that because of the kids, it was the hardest decision she ever had to make.

But after much consideration, Rust accepted a position to become the head volleyball coach at newly formed Clear Springs High School, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

Rust shared the news with the Lady Wildcats the next day.

“It was a very emotional meeting,” Rust said.

Clear Springs is located in League City, outside of Houston, and is a part of the Clear Creek ISD. Rust said the school will be Class 4A this year, but will go up to Class 5A for the 2008-09 year.

“I am excited and inspired to start a new program,” Rust said. “And it will be nice to have all four grades under one roof.”

And although Rust was only a head coach at Plano for two seasons, she made quite an impact. Rust was named District 8-5A Coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season in which she led the Lady Wildcats to a district title with a 12-2 mark.

After capturing a district championship, Plano defeated Grapevine, Arlington Lamar and Amarillo en route to the Region I Finals. One match away from the state tournament, the Lady Wildcats were defeated in four sets by eventual Class 5A State Champions Arlington Martin.

“Rhonda did a great job with our volleyball program,” said Gerald Brence, Plano Football Head Coach and Athletic Director. “She was one of the major reasons we were able to make a run at state last year.”

Brence said Rust turned in her letter of resignation last Monday.

Thanks in large part to the loss of several key players from the 2005-06 squad; the Lady Wildcats had a tougher go of it this past season.

Plano finished the year with an overall mark of 21-16, but missed out on the playoffs after placing fifth in District 9-5A. The Lady Wildcats were one game back of Lake Highlands for the final playoff slot.

And while wins and losses are important for any coach, Rust referenced her players as being the most important thing in her career.

“Those girls always gave me unconditional trust and worked really hard for me,” Rust said. “I love my kids at Plano, and I will miss them more than they’ll ever know.”

Rust has been replaced by Jennifer Cron, who has taken over as the new Plano volleyball coach.

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