Volleyball: Monarch seeking new coach after Chu’s resignation

The Monarch Coyotes volleyball team keeps reaching new heights, but athletic director Mark Sibley finds himself searching for a new coach for the second time in two years.

Enhui Chu, who guided the Coyotes to a 39-10 mark over the past two seasons, resigned recently to take a break from coaching.

Chu had been hired in mid-2010 after Pam Bergeland resigned in May of that year to spend time with her ailing father.

After four years of helping Bergeland build the program as an assistant, Chu took MHS to the Class 5A regionals (round of 16) in each of his seasons and finished among the top three in the Front Range League each year.

“It was working out great,” Sibley said this week. “I wish he could have stayed another 10 years.”

Chu, a math teacher at Louisville Middle School, had been coaching at the prep ranks since 1998.

“The program is on good footing,” Chu said. “The administration’s always been real supportive, and so was the community. It just got to where trying to (teach) and coach full time was too much for me. I wasn’t doing either of them the way I wanted to.”

Chu, a longtime assistant at Northglenn before joining Bergeland’s staff, said he’d probably get back into coaching at some point either as an assistant or head coach once he’d had some down time.

After a year away from the game, Bergeland took over at Peak to Peak last fall, going 5-14 in the first year of a rebuilding project there.

Sibley said he doesn’t have a teaching position available to offer a new coach. He said he’d like to make a hire by early May at the latest.

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