Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz wouldn’t leave her Blazer family−except to be with her own family.
Last week, Heinz announced she was leaving after three years with the team.
The coach that built the program in 2011 is leaving for a position in her brother’s business where she will be the sales and account manager.
On March 19, during VSU’s Spring Break, Heinz’s brother offered her the job while she was visiting family.
Heinz thought about it for the next few days and made her decision before school resumed after the break. She informed Athletic Director Herb Reinhard on the morning of March 24 and told her players that evening.
“Don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t (an easy decision),” Heinz said. “It all fell together very, very quickly.”
Heinz cited her family as a major factor in her decision.
“During Memorial Day weekend, my family goes out on the boat and hangs out on the lake; I recruit soccer players,” Heinz said.
Heinz has appreciated her time at VSU and will miss the Blazer community.
“It’s hard to leave here,” Heinz said. “I would never leave here for another coaching job.”
This story was written by Alex Tostado