Girls’ volleyball: H.-W.’s Quiroz resigns as coach

first_imgJess Quiroz resigned as Harvard-Westlake of Studio City girls’ volleyball coach Wednesday, ending speculation that he was let go from the position Friday during a meeting with school administrators. “He stepped down under his own power. He was not fired and he was not asked to resign,” said Terry Barnum, Harvard-Westlake’s athletic director in charge of communications. “He’s contemplating what he’s going to do with his time, but he still remains a valued member of our family.” Sources close to Quiroz who spoke anonymously said he was relieved of his coaching duties Friday after being criticized for his conduct during timeouts and a perceived harsh tone toward players. Quiroz met Wednesday with school president Thomas Hudnut, who denied reports Tuesday that Quiroz had been fired. Although Quiroz resigned from coaching volleyball, he will continue working in physical education at the school. “Jesse has always been a good friend and colleague,” Hudnut said. “I am delighted that he will be staying on as a faculty member at Harvard-Westlake for a good, long time.” Quiroz, who also coached boys’ volleyball at the school before giving way to Nigel Dookhoo last season, won seven Southern Section championships and three Div. III state titles as girls’ coach. “It’s time for me to make some changes in how I spend my time,” Quiroz said. “I’ve enjoyed a terrific run and want to thank the players and colleagues who made the journey the joy that it was.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607last_img read more