December 8, 2011

Sterling, CO - After two years of extreme success, Head Coach Amber Girdler has decided to step down as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Northeastern Junior College.  Her announcement came shortly after the Plainswomen were eliminated from the Region IX Tournament. 
“This was an extremely tough decision for my family and me,” explains Girdler. “My passion for this sport, this program and the entire NJC family is unquestionable.  The relationships I have built with past and current players are what has driven me to coach. This past year has been quite a challenge for me personally; getting married and giving birth to my daughter in July has opened up the doors to the next phase in my life and I feel that it is now time to shift my priorities and focus on my family.  I am beyond grateful to everyone at Northeastern Junior College and this past year's team for their commitment and hard work to carrying on the Plainswomen volleyball tradition. I look forward to following them next year.  I really believe that this year's freshmen class has a chance to leave their own mark in already strong legacy.  Thank you!”
Amber amassed a record of 52-15 in her two year stint at the helm of Northeastern Junior College and led her team to being ranked as high as #10 in the nation. Amber will be extremely missed not only as a coach but as a member of the tightly knit coaching staff at Northeastern Junior College.  Northeastern Junior College will begin a nationwide search for Amber’s replacement immediately.