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AHS volleyball coach Kori Clements resigns: 'I cannot and will not compromise the integrity of my decisions'

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Amarillo High School head volleyball coach Kori Clements announced her resignation after just one season Wednesday. Clements, who succeeded long time AHS coach Jan Barker, will officially leave the school when her contract is up at the end of the current school year.

“For a variety of reasons, I have recently resigned from my position as AHS volleyball coach, effective at the end of my contract. I want to be clear, I have not violated any district or UIL standards, and have upheld the teacher code of ethics at all times.

"As I have contemplated this decision over the past several days, I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from current and former players and parents as well as my professional peers. I am so thankful for the success we’ve experienced and the many positive relationships that have developed.

“As a coach, playing time decisions are always difficult. Unfortunately, upon making these decisions in the best interest of team success, I was not supported by athletic, campus, or district administration.

"I was told by campus administration that I needed to recognize the political aspect of my job, and also of theirs. I cannot and will not compromise the integrity of my decisions based on a parent’s political pressure or position.

"I believe strongly in the value of athletics, that being a part of a team is a privilege, and playing time is earned.

“I’m hopeful that AISD will be able to hire an experienced coach with the courage to make the tough playing time decisions and the technical expertise to push our returning players. Next year’s team has the potential to play for a State Championship, and I will be enthusiastically supporting them in their journey," Clements said in a statement.

The AISD has declined to comment on Clement's resignation and statement at this time. During her only season at AHS, Clements lead the Lady Sandies to a 33-14 record and the 2018 Texas Class 5A regional semifinal.

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