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Tom Mix, Published January 24 2013

North volleyball coach Daily to retire after school year

FARGO – After 31 years of teaching and 23 years of coaching, Fargo North head volleyball coach Jerry Daily is retiring from both endeavors.

Daily, who has coached at North the last two seasons, informed the school of his decision on Thursday.

“It has been very enjoyable,” Daily said of his time coaching the Spartans. “I was able to coach a lot of excellent student-athletes.”

The head coaching position at North will be posted and opened to applicants starting this week, according to a release issued by the school late Thursday night.

Daily posted a 60-17 record at North and guided the Spartans to a third-place finish in the 2011 North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament. He also coached at Watford City (14 years) and Northern Cass (seven years).

“It is really sad that he is leaving,” Fargo North senior volleyball standout Kira Larson said. “He put in a lot of time and effort into the team. You could tell he cared a lot about the school, the program and us as individuals.”

Daily’s all-time record as a head coach is 494-263.

“I had coached the Junior Olympic (spring club) volleyball at Fargo North the last seven years, and being the head coach of the Spartans was a fun job,” Daily said. “It was just time to step away. I’m ready to retire.”

The Spartans finished the 2012 season 30-7, but missed qualifying for the state tournament in Minot.

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