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Swan steps down as Marana girls hoops coach

Modified: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Diane Swan, far left, will step down as Marana's girls basketball coach. Here she poses for the 2009-10 team photo with then co-head coach Lisa McBride and Jamee Swan.

The Marana girls basketball team will have a new coach next fall. Current coach Diane Swan resigned after receiving a new teaching responsibility. Swan was named Marana High Schools Special Education Department Head.

“I just could not do it all,” Swan said. “It wouldn’t be fair to the girls, the department or my family.”

Swan will remain Marana’s girls volleyball coach and will likely continue to coach JV boys volleyball.

There were a few reasons she chose to stay on as the volleyball coach over basketball. The fact that volleyball season begins in the fall and there would be less time to find a replacement and get their system implemented. She also conceeded that basketball has more commitments for her time than volleyball.

One thing that did not factor into the decision was the graduation of her daughter Jamee.

“I don’t want people to think this has anything to do with Jamee leaving,” explained Coach Swan. “It actually has more to do with my son Ryan.”

While older daughter Jamee will play basketball for Colorado next fall, Ryan will be a sophomore at Marana High School.

“Now I will get to watch him play,” Swan explained. “Since I coached Jamee in both volleyball and basketball I saw all of her games. Now I can go watch Ryan play basketball.”

After much soul searching she also realized that staying on as basketball coach would not be fair to Ryan.

“If it was just me, I would still try to do it,” Swan said. “With Ryan I would be stretched too thin. We would have to be at the school before 6 a.m. to do work and practice would have to be later to accommodate meetings. We’re here a lot as it is, but we’d be here all the time.”

Swan took over the Tiger program three seasons ago on an interim basis after then coach Corey Duck resigned shortly before practice was to begin. After taking the Tigers to the playoffs Swan was named full time coach. She took the Tigers to the playoffs her first two seasons and narrowly missed making them this year, although it was later revealed that had an error to the formula used by the AIA to determine playoff teams was discovered sooner, the Tigers would have qualified for the third straight year.

Swan was 45-27 in her three seasons at Marana.

Unless a new coach is found in before then, Swan has agreed to remain on board through the summer, so she can coach the team in summer workouts, leagues and tournaments.

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